Substance Abuse, HIV/AIDS and STDs

  • Every 9.5 minutes, someone somewhere attracts HIV/AIDS
  • Drug and alcohol use can lead to risky behaviors that can increase your exposure to HIV/AIDS. For example, using or sharing drug materials, like needles or cotton, increases your chances of becoming infected with HIV.
  • African Americans are the racial/ethnic group most affected by HIV.
  • The rate of new HIV infection in African Americans is 8 times that of whites based on population size.
  • Gay and bisexual men account for most new infections among African Americans; young gay and bisexual men aged 13 to 24 are the most affected of this group.
  • More than 40000 people are diagnosed with HIV/AIDS each year
  • 75% of women attract HIV/AIDS from heterosexual relationships
  • 32% of people with HIV/AIDS are among men sexing men
  • 20% – 25% of people with HIV/AIDS do not know that they have it
  • Young minority youths are at persistent risk
  • There are 1.2 million Americans living with HIV
  • One out of every four is a woman:
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  • Two of every three women with HIV are African American:
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  • Misperceptions about HIV/AIDS lead to unintended sexual transmission of HIV/AIDS;
  • Research shows that college students engage in significant HIV/AIDS and STDs risky behavior: 1 in 500 college students are infected;
  • 4 in 10 Men Sex Men (MSM) with are estimated to be co-infected with HIV/AIDS;
  • 1 in 2 sexually active young people will get STD by age 25, MOST WILL NOT KNOW;
  • 24 thousand women become infertile from STDAS yearly,
  • New HIV infections in the US are among people under the age of 25.