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World AIDS Day: Which States Have The Most Diagnoses? (SLIDESHOW)

First Posted: 12/01/2011 8:40 am EST   Updated: 12/01/2011 8:57 am EST

Since the AIDS epidemic first hit the United States in the 1980s, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has kept a close watch on the number of diagnoses made in each state, through 2009. Find out which states have seen the most cases and how you can contribute to local organizations fighting to put a stop to the spread of the disease.


New York: 201,871 Cases
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Since the beginning of the epidemic, through 2009, New York had the highest rate of AIDS cases in the United States. During that period, 201,871 New Yorkers were diagnosed with the disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Help low-income residents and people who have been recently released from jail or prison and are facing HIV/AIDS when you give to VOCAL-NY. This organization provides housing and employment opportunities for those in need, among other services. Donate here.

These organizations also work to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS worldwide:

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
The Global Fund fights these three diseases, among others. The fund has provided 3.3 million people with antiretroviral treatment, treated and detected 8.6 million cases of infectious tuberculosis and provided 230 million insecticide-treated nets to protect susceptible populations from Malaria.
Donations accepted here.

World Vision
Help prevent mother-to-child transmission of AIDS. HIV-positive moms have a 1 in 3 chance of infecting their kids. World Vision provides HIV testing, medical care, prenatal and postnatal care, counseling and support for local clinics.
Donations accepted here.

As part of its mission to help communities overcome poverty, CARE works to find ways to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS. In addition, the organization finds solutions to social and economic problems that are related to the HIV/AIDS crisis. CARE especially works to protect the rights and provide opportunities for vulnerable survivors such as widows and orphans.
Donations accepted here.

Gay Men's Health Crisis
GMHC seeks to find solutions that spread awareness, improve care and reduce stigma. The organization provides medical treatment and counseling, as well as provides a sense of community.
Donations accepted here.

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