World Aids Day Celebrated in Minnesota
The State of Minnesota will join other states and more than 200 countries in celebrating the 21st World Aids Day, Monday.
Health officials report that more than 6,800 people worldwide are infected with HIV every day, and roughly 33.2 million people are estimated to be living with HIV or AIDS around the globe.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 56,300 new HIV cases occurred in 2006 and that 1.1 million Americans are currently living with HIV in the United States. Since 1982, 8,504 people in Minnesota have been diagnosed with HIV infection, and 2,912 of them have died.
Currently, an estimated 5,950 people are reported to be living with HIV/AIDS in Minnesota, including those who moved to Minnesota after they were diagnosed in other states.