If it feels likes HIV/AIDS is a thing of the past, think again. A few facts on the virus:
- Over one million Americans are living with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS
- Every 9½ minutes, someone in the U.S. is infected with HIV
- One out of five Americans living with HIV today doesn’t know it
- The epidemic continues to have a disproportionate impact on certain populations, particularly racial and ethnic minorities, gay and bisexual men -- and women
These statistics make it clear just how big a stake the women's community has in making HIV/AIDS truly a thing of the past. Learn more about how our National Women and AIDS Collective is working to raise awareness and change attitudes about how the virus affects women. Watch Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius's video message below about the importance of knowing your HIV status. And please take the time this week to go and get yourself tested -- because knowledge is power.