In recognition of World AIDS Day on December 1, Lupine Creative Consulting, Inc. encourages everyone in Washington County, Maryland to get tested for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
Around the world, about 37 million people are living with HIV. In the United States, about 37,600 people get infected with HIV every year. In the United States, about 1 in 7 people who have HIV don’t know it.
There has been progress due to increased awareness, prevention programs and advancements in treatment. The death rate due to HIV infection in Maryland decreased from 8.1% in 2006 to 2.8% in 2015. Of great concern, however is the persistent racial disparity with 7.7% HIV-related death rate among black individuals compared with 0.7% among whites.
It is important to know that HIV does not discriminate. Everyone, male or female, of all ages and regardless of race or ethnicity, is at risk for HIV infection.
In 2014, 364 out of 100,000 Washington County, Maryland residents of all ages were living with a diagnosis of HIV. Most effected were individuals age 45-54 years with 1 in every 98 people in this age group living with HIV.
HIV is passed from one person to another by:
Having unprotected sex with a person who has HIV
Sharing needles with someone who has HIV
Breastfeeding, pregnancy, or childbirth if the mother has HIV
Getting a transfusion of blood that’s infected with HIV (very rare in the United States)
The only way to know for sure whether or not you have HIV is to get tested. You could have HIV and still feel healthy. Everyone ages 15 to 65 needs to get tested at least once. Some people may need to get tested more often.
You can get tested in Washington County free of charge at:
Learn more about HIV/AIDS and how to prevent this disease.
Lupine Creative Consulting, Inc. strives to develop public health programs to support the World AIDS Day global initiative to raise awareness, fight prejudice, eliminate racial and ethnic disparities and improve education about HIV and AIDS.