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The State of HIV in America in 5 Simple and Scary Graphs

On Monday, President Obama announced an initiative to find a cure for HIV infections, in honor of the 25th World AIDS Day the day before. He said that the initiative would be funded by $100 million, moved from existing spending, NPR reports. Where just twenty years ago an HIV diagnosis was akin to a death sentence, the new initiative reflects the belief that a cure for the disease may in fact be attainable—wonderful news for all patients living with HIV, and their loved ones and friends. At the same time, the White House's Office of National AIDS Policy released a report card, outlining the national HIV/AIDS strategy, and the progress the United States has made—or hasn't. And the upshot is that the situation is improving, but very slowly.

As a Women's Health reader, chances are you're female. In the United States, HIV is a disease that predominantly affects men. But that doesn't mean that this information isn't relevant to you. In 2011, over 10,000 American women contracted HIV—86 percent from heterosexual contact. That's close to the number of women who contract cervical cancer each year (an estimated 12,340 in 2013, according to cancer.org). And even more troubling for anyone with a male friend or family member--nearly 40,000 men contracted the disease in 2011. And those were just new cases.

In light of this information, we took a look at the report card, as well as at the CDC's report on the Epidemiology of HIV Infection through 2011, and pulled together a few charts that reflect the state of HIV in America. Specifically: How, who, and where new cases of HIV are being contracted, as well as where in the United States the most people are currently living with the disease. See for yourself.

For more information about HIV, see all the latest research and findings at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention HIV website. And to find a testing center near you, click here.

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