by Cheryl Clark | inewsource

It may seem that HIV disease and AIDS are a thing of the past, because more effective drugs now keep infected people healthy and alive.  It also might seem that targeted educational programs prevent transmission now that we’re nearly four decades into the epidemic.

But statistics recently released for 2014 say that’s not quite the case.  In San Diego County,  480 people were diagnosed with HIV disease that year, or about one every 18 hours.  And 108 San Diego County residents died of AIDS complications, nearly one every three days on average.

“I think people think AIDS is over, and nothing to worry about. Well, this shows the epidemic is not over, and that the numbers are even increasing,” said Terry Cunningham, former chief of the county’s Office of AIDS Coordination, who helped form several organizations to help people struggling with symptoms.

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