November 30, 2007
Saturday is World AIDS Day, an observance to increase awareness of the disease. Since 1981 there have been 97,227 cases of HIV/AIDS reported in Texas.
“HIV can affect anyone. It's important that people be educated about the risks, know their HIV status and get tested if they are unsure,” said David Lakey, M.D., commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services. “This way, those infected can take advantage of newer, more effective treatments, and they can protect others.”
About 4,500 cases of HIV are diagnosed in Texas each year. HIV is the virus that causes AIDS.
There are 60,571 Texans living with HIV or AIDS, a 33 percent increase since 2002.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than 250,000 people in the United States are infected with HIV but do not know it.
HIV testing locations are available by calling 2-1-1 or visiting www.hivtest.org.
(News Media: For more information contact Carrie Williams, Assistant Press Officer, 512-458-7400.)