We are excited to be participating in the 2020 AIDS Walk as part of the National AIDS Memorial team. We hope that you will support us by making a donation to this important cause.
The National AIDS Memorial, through the AIDS Memorial Grove, the AIDS Quilt, and other inspiring programs, works to honor those who died, those living with HIV, and those who fought, and continue to fight against it.
Since the beginning of the global pandemic 32 million people have died from AIDS, and currently 38 million people live with HIV/AIDS of which 25 million are on therapy. Almost 50% are women. In 2018, globally, 770,000 people died of HIV/AIDS, and there were 1.7M new cases.
In the United States, 700,000 people have died of AIDS. It is estimated there are currently 1.1 million Americans living with HIV/AIDS and over 150,000 do not know they are infected.
HIV/AIDS cases are increasing in the southern US and in rural areas. In 2018, African Americans accounted for 12% of the US population but 43% (476,000) of people living with HIV/AIDS. Like the AIDS crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic is revealing inadequacies and disparities in our health care system and our ability to respond to a new pandemic.
The National AIDS Memorial strives to ensure that the lessons of the AIDS movement are taught to future generations so that never again will our national conscience allow a community to be devastated because of fear, silence, discrimination or stigma.
As many non-profit organizations, over the past months the National AIDS Memorial has faced unprecedented challenges because of the pandemic. This year, our support of our community through the National AIDS Memorial is more important than ever.
Thank you so much for supporting us and this important work.
Matt and Jim