Today is the 20th anniversary of World AIDS Day. Spotlighting the fact that 33 million people are living with the disease. Against a backdrop of HIV/AIDS infection rates that are rising at alarming levels in Jambi, activists and sex workers in Central Java, Yogyakarta and West Java commemorated World AIDS Day in different ways on Monday.
There were 2.7 million new infections in 2007 (the stats on which the report is based), and 2 million died of the virus. More than 1 million people are infected with HIV in the United States.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are among the voices calling for routine HIV testing of every American starting at age 13, because every year, about 20,000 new infections are caused by people who don’t realize they’re infected.