By the numbers: HIV/AIDS stigma changing, but infection still spreads

    Philadelphia AIDS survivor Suellen Kehler holds some of the more than 20 medications and supplements she takes each day to keep her HIV infection under control.

    Philadelphia AIDS survivor Suellen Kehler holds some of the more than 20 medications and supplements she takes each day to keep her HIV infection under control. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

    Much headway has been made in HIV treatment, with far fewer AIDS deaths today than 20 years ago, when the film “Philadelphia” hit movie screens. HIV is still spreading, and prevention and treatment efforts continue.

    HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, is spread through sexual fluids, blood-to-blood contact and breast milk. Much headway has been made in its treatment, with far fewer people dying of AIDS today than 20 years ago, when  the film “Philadelphia” hit movie theaters, elevating the national conversation about the disease and people living with it. Even so, HIV is still spreading, and prevention and treatment efforts continue.

    550,000   Approx. number of Americans who have died from AIDS-related complications
    1.1 million  Approx. number of Americans living with HIV
    20 Percentage of Americans infected with HIV who don’t know it
    50,000  Number of new HIV infections in the U.S. each year
    19,000  Estimated number of Philadelphians living with HIV/AIDS 
    700-800 Number of annual new HIV infections in Philadelphia.

    Sources: Philadelphia Department of Public Health | CDC

    Local HIV resources

    Action AIDS
    AIDS Law Project
    Bebashi
    GALAEI
    Mazzoni Center
    National HIV Testing and Service Locator
    Philadelphia FIGHT
    State Directory

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