Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in the United Sates affects over 1 million people. Each year there are more than 50,000 newly infected individuals. HIV infection destroys the immune system, weakening a person’s ability to fight diseases. The late stage of HIV infection is Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). A person with AIDS has a severely weakened immune system that struggles with disease and certain cancers. Medical treatment for an individual infected with HIV costs around $400,000 over the lifetime of treatment.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified HIV in the U.S. as a Winnable Battle. Prevention strategies aimed at identifying HIV infection early and teaching prevention of HIV infection both have major impacts on the nation’s health.
Public Health Foundation (PHF) offers resources that public health and other professionals can use to help fight HIV in the U.S. Take courses on TRAIN such as HIV, Get the Basics, Public Health Live - What's New in HIV/AIDS?, or HIV OraSure Testing Instructions to find out more about HIV, HIV testing, and prevention. For more resources on HIV, visit PHF’s Learning Resource Center to find high quality training materials, and use the Public Health Improvement Resource Center for online tools.
Please visit the CDC’s Winnable Battles HIV in the U.S. website for more information.
For evidence-based findings and recommendations from the Task Force on Community Preventive Services pertaining to HIV/AIDS please visit the Community Guide’s HIV website.