Did you know?
The first cases of AIDS were reported in Illinois in 1980.
Since the beginning of the epidemic through the end of 2013, 60,267 persons in Illinois have been diagnosed with HIV disease (HIV and/or AIDS).
In 2011, new HIV disease diagnoses in Illinois represented an estimated 4.3% of the total cases diagnosed in the United States and Illinois ranked 6th among the 50 states in the number of new HIV disease diagnoses.
How can you commemorate World AIDS Day on December 1st?
Get the facts.
Learn the basics about HIV and AIDS, how it is transmitted, and how to prevent HIV. Today, more tools than ever are available to prevent HIV. In addition to limiting your number of sexual partners, never sharing needles, and using condoms correctly and consistently, you may be able to take advantage of medicines that prevent and treat HIV, including pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), and antiretroviral therapy (ART).
Getting an HIV test is the only way to know if you have HIV. Learn the basics about HIV testing, including the types of tests available.
- Find a testing center in your area at CDC’s new website https://gettested.cdc.gov/, text your ZIP code to “KNOW IT” (566948) or call 1-800-CDC-INFO
- Talk to your doctor or health care provider
- Take a home HIV test
- Follow CDC’s Act Against AIDS on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @TalkHIV
- Help get #WAD2015 trending on Facebook and Twitter by sharing and re-tweeting Awareness Day messages, or creating your own.
- Wear red, or a red ribbon, on December 1st to show your support.
- Volunteer at a local organization that serves people living with HIV.
Check out CDC’s Act Against AIDS campaigns and the available resources. Act Against AIDS campaigns include:
One Conversation at a Time: A national communication campaign that encourages Hispanics/Latinos to talk openly about HIV/AIDS with their families, friends, partners, and communities.
Let’s Stop HIV Together: A general awareness campaign to reduce HIV stigma, encourage testing and show that persons living with HIV are real people.
Start Talking. Stop HIV. : A prevention campaign that seeks to reduce new HIV infections among gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men by encouraging open discussion about a range of HIV prevention strategies and related sexual health issues between sex partners.
HIV Treatment Works: A campaign that encourages people living with HIV to get in care, start taking HIV medications, remain in care, and adhere to treatment.
Information provided by CDC's Act Against AIDS Campaign