On World AIDS Day, 2014,
the face of AIDS looked like this:
In the US:
- More than 1.2 million people in the United States are living with HIV infection and almost 1 in 7 (14%) don’t know they’re infected.
- Over the past decade, new infections have held steady at about 50,000 per year.
- Although men having sex with men (MSM) represent about 4% of the US population, in 2010 they accounted for 78% of new HIV infections in males. MSM accounted for 54% of all people living with HIV infections in 2011, the most recent year these data are available.
- In 2010, the greatest number of new HIV infections (4,800) among MSM occurred in young African-American men aged 13-24: 45% of new HIV infections among black MSM.
- Women accounted for 9,500 new infections in 2010, 84% from heterosexual contact, a significant 21% decrease from 2008.
- Injection drug users represented 8% of new infections in 2010.
- In 2010, the rate of new HIV infections for Latino males was 2.9 times that for white males, and for Latinas was 4.2 times that for white females.
- In 2013, there were about 35 million people living with HIV. Since the start of the epidemic, around 78 million have become infected and 39 million have died.
- New infections have fallen by 38% since 2001; among children, new infections have fallen 58%.
- 38% of all adults living with HIV are receiving anti-retroviral treatment, but only 24% of children.
(Statistics courtesy of UNAIDS and US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Burkett, Elinor. The Gravest Show on Earth: America in the Age of AIDS. New York: Picador USA, 1995
Carl, Dwayne. Out of My Second Closet: Memoir of an AIDS Survivor. Redondo Beach, CA: Nadine Kent Press, 2012
Cohen, Peter F. Love and Anger: Essays on AIDS, Activism, and Politics. Binghamton, NY: Hayworth Press, 1998
Gould, Deborah B. Moving Politics: Emotion and ACT UP’s Fight Against AIDS. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009
Halkaitis, Perry N. The AIDS Generation: Stories of Survival and Resilience. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2014
John, Elton. Love is the Cure. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2012
Kramer, Larry. Report from the Holocaust: The Story of an AIDS Activist. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1994
Miller, Marla. Deadly Little Secrets. Kindle edition, 2013
Ruskin, Cindy. The Quilt: Stories from the Names Project. New York, NY: Pocket Books, 1988
Shilts, Randy. And The Band Played On. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1987
Various contributors. AIDS@30. Chicago, IL: Windy City Media Group, 2011
Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, a play by Tony Kushner
Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt, a documentary directed by Rob Epstein
Dallas Buyers Club, a film directed by Jean-Marc Vallee
How to Survive a Plague, a documentary directed by David France
Longtime Companion, a film directed by Norman Rene’
The Normal Heart, a play by Larry Kramer
Philadelphia, a film directed by Jonathan Demme
The Last One, a documentary directed by Nadine C. Licostie
United in Anger, a documentary produced by Jim Hubbard and Sarah Schulman
These are some of the organizations I’ve worked with and researched. If you are looking for groups focused on education, testing, treatment and advocacy, they can help:
Names Memorial Project/AIDS Quilt: www.aidsquilt.org
Elton John AIDS Foundation: www.ejaf.org
AIDS Project LA: www.apla.org
American Foundation for AIDS Research: www.amfAR.org
ACT UP New York: www.actupny.com
Centers for Disease Control: www.cdc.gov
World AIDS Day: www.worldaidsday.org
Visual AIDS: www.visualaids.org
The Red Pump Project: www.redpump.org