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On August 3, 2008, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (better known as the CDC) released findings that revealed over 55,000 new HIV cases occurred each year from 2003-2006, with 56,300 cases in 2006 alone. These numbers are approximately 40% higher that the CDC's previous estimate of 40,000 new HIV cases annually, an estimate that had remained the same over ten years.
The South has the greatest number of people living and dying from HIV/AIDS.
Four out of ten (40%) Americans living with AIDS reside in the South.
Mecklenburg County Statistics
On average, 7 new cases of HIV were reported per week
African Americans are disproportionately impacted by HIV. African Americans comprise 68% of all new reported HIV cases in 2007, despite representing only 28% of the county's total population
From 1999 to 2007 HIV cases increased by 57%
Mecklenburg County has the highest number of HIV/AIDS cases in North Carolina
North Carolina Statistics
North Carolina was ranked 8th out of the top 15 states with new AIDS cases among African Americans
African Americans and Latinos together account for 69% of all reported HIV/AIDS cases
An estimated 4,883 young people received a diagnosis of HIV infection or AIDS
The "second wave" AIDS epidemic is underway in the young gay men population (in the 13 to 24 year old group, the average annual increase is 12%, compared with a 1% decline in the 24 to 44 year olds, and a 3% rise in gay men 45 and older)
Each day 1,500 children become infected with HIV
In 2007 there were 2.5 million children (under 15 years of age) living with HIV and 420,000 were newly infected cases