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December 1 - Day 7: World Aids Day

Dear <<First Name>>

World AIDS Day takes place on 1 December each year. On World Aids Day people have the opportunity to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. World AIDS Day was founded in 1988 and was the first ever global health day.

The number of people with HIV in Canada (prevalence) is increasing.1

According to 2016 national HIV estimates:
  • There were an estimated 63,110 Canadians with HIV at the end of 2016.
  • This represents an increase of 2,945 people (5%) since 2014.
  • The HIV prevalence rate is 173 per 100,000 people living in Canada.
  • HIV prevalence increased during the 1980s, slowed down in the mid-1990s, but began to rise again in the late 1990s. This increase is a result of both new HIV infections and fewer deaths due to effective treatment options.

An estimated 14% of people with HIV in Canada are unaware that they have HIV.1

According to 2016 national HIV estimates:

U.S. HIV/AIDS Statistics

AmFAR estimates that, as of 2017, 1.1 million people in the U.S. are living with HIV, and about 14% of those don’t know they are infected.
Determining the number of people infected who are not aware of their infection follows an established methodology: The Centers for Disease Control, which supplied these figures, estimates total HIV prevalence (the number of people with diagnosed or undiagnosed HIV infection) by subtracting reported cumulative deaths from cumulative infections. It estimates the number of persons with undiagnosed HIV infection by subtracting the number of persons living with diagnosed infection from the total prevalence.
Other stats from that year include:
  • 38,739 new HIV diagnoses.
  • 17,803 new AIDS diagnoses.

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