What is HIV?
HIV is the Human Immunodeficiency Virus. It attacks your body's immune system by destroying CD4 cells, which help your body fight diseases. HIV can severely damage your immune system and lead to AIDS.
How is HIV treated?
HIV treatment may reduce the amount of HIV in your blood (called "viral load"). Treatment may also help to increase the number of CD4 cells in your blood which help fight off other infections.
Diagnoses of HIV Infection, by Age
In 2010, the estimated number of diagnoses of HIV infection in the 46 states with confidential name-based HIV infection reporting, by age at diagnosis, was as follows:
Estimated Number of Diagnoses of HIV Infection, 2010
Under 13 217
Ages 13-14 34
Ages 15-19 2,200
Ages 20-24 7,565
Ages 25-29 6,823
Ages 30-34 5,954
Ages 35-39 5,523
Ages 40-44 5,720
Ages 45-49 5,296
Ages 50-54 3,671
Ages 55-59 2,154
Ages 60-64 1,119
Ages 65 or older 853
Diagnoses of HIV Infection, by Race/Ethnicity
CDC tracks diagnoses of HIV infection information on seven racial and ethnic groups: American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native Hawaiian/other Pacific Islander, white, and multiple races.
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