HIV/AIDS – The Situation in Illinois

Prevention & Service

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Since the beginning of the epidemic, nearly 40,000 AIDS diagnoses have been reported to the CDC from Illinois. Because of this, Illinois has consistently ranked among the top ten states with the highest rates of HIV/AIDS infections and diagnoses. As is the case on the national level, the disease disproportionately affects racial and ethnic minorities.
According to the CDC, African-Americans accounted for 53.4% of new AIDS diagnoses in 2009, yet only comprised 14% of Illinois’ total population. That is 5% higher than the national rate among the same group. Latinos made up only about 17% of the total new diagnoses that year but U.S. census data from 2010 show that the state’s Hispanic/Latino population was only about 16%. Such disparities highlight the need for community-based intervention and education programs.
Funding for such programs comes from a number of sources. In 2009, federal funding for HIV/AIDS causes totaled more than $113 million, about $18 million of which came from the CDC. Illinois also allocated $14 million to help slow down and fight the epidemic. These funds support awareness, education and intervention programs targeted specifically to the communities that they serve.
The CDC’s 2010 Profile for Illinois contains more information on these statistics.