Today is World AIDS Day and since 1981, over 25 million people worldwide have died of AIDS and an estimated 33.4 million are currently living with HIV/AIDS. At one point the South Bronx was quoted in a 1989 New York Times article as having, “one of the highest AIDS infection rates ”in the country, if not the world…”. HIV infection rates are still higher in the Bronx and even higher is the rate of people who find out only when they have full blown AIDS. Numerous campaigns have been enacted by the government to spread awareness and get people tested. In fact, the Bronx is now leading an ambitious effort to have every resident between the ages of 18 and 64 to get tested and is showing the world how to do it.
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