12/01/2011 08:40 am ET | Updated Dec 01, 2011

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

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.

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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