Raising Awareness of HIV/AIDS Prevention
On World AIDS Day (December 1), AIR reflects on the nearly two decades we have worked in supporting the public health response to the U.S. HIV epidemic and the progress that has been made. Recent estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show annual HIV infections decreased nearly 20% from 2008 to 2014, to 37,600—in large part due to increased testing and treatment.
According to CDC, nine out of 10 new HIV infections could be prevented by diagnosing people living with HIV and ensuring they receive early, ongoing HIV treatment. Controlling HIV through treatment, called viral suppression, has become a top national priority. Viral suppression allows people living with HIV to live longer, healthier lives, and it reduces their risk for transmitting HIV to others.
As part of CDC's Act Against AIDS initiative, HIV Treatment Works is a national social marketing campaign encouraging people living with HIV to get in care, start taking HIV medications, remain in care, and adhere to treatment. AIR contributed to the planning and ongoing management of the HIV Treatment Works campaign.
Read more about our HIV/AIDS work below.