Step 1: Explore our September Cause
Step 2: Select which charity gets your $5 this month
Step 3: Thanks for giving, now it’s time to brag!
HIV is a major global public health issue that’s claimed over 25 million lives over three decades.
What is the
Current status of HIV?
Despite popular misconceptions that HIV and AIDS are no longer a concern, they remain a significant global threat to public health. While infection rates in the US have remained steady for years, international rates are skyrocketing. Currently, 1 in every 20 people in Southern Africa are infected. Though the numbers look better here at home for most demographics, disturbing data has emerged that deserves our attention. Young black men and women are becoming infected at a disproportionately high rate compared to other ethnicities. Blacks are only 12% of the general population, but represent
50% of new infections. The problem is compounded by high urban concentrations of the disease –Washington D.C. being hit the hardest with rates 9x higher than the national average. Nationally, about half of new infections occur in youths under age 25, and an estimated one-third of those youths don’t even know they are carriers. The situation seems dismal, but there are so many things being done to help this epidemic –things like education and outreach, policy reform, and medical research. This month, our CharitySub partners are making an important impact on all of these fronts.