The first cases of AIDS were reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 1981.
Since that time, HIV/AIDS has emerged as one of the single most significant health threats of our time, claiming the lives of:
- Over 636,048 people in the United States (as of the end of 2010)
- Over 30 million people worldwide
In spite of efforts to contain this epidemic, HIV continues to spread. In the United States today:
- Nearly 50,000 new cases of HIV infection are reported each year.
- Over 1,148,200 people are living with HIV infection.
- Over 487,000 people are living with AIDS.
This course has been designed to help you do your part in slowing the spread of HIV infection, by providing you with essential background information on:
- The biology and pathology of HIV
- Risk factors for HIV infection