As the AIDS epidemic enters its fourth decade, according to 2011 national survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation, two in five Americans – including three in five Black Americans – now know someone living with HIV or who has died from AIDS. More than 1.1 million people are living with HIV/AIDS in the U.S. today – more than at any time in the history of the epidemic. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in five of those who are positive does not know it.
HIV/AIDS is both preventable and treatable -- early HIV diagnosis and treatment helps those who are positive live longer and healthier lives, and also reduces the spread of the disease. Yet, one in three Americans with HIV is diagnosed late – within a year of an AIDS diagnosis – making these treatments less effective. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) identifies stigma as a major contributor to the spread of HIV, keeping people from seeking information, speaking openly, using protection, getting tested and treated and otherwise acting to protect themselves and those they love.
About Greater Than AIDS
Greater Than AIDS is an unprecedented collaboration among a broad coalition of public and private sector partners united in response to the HIV/AIDS crisis in the United States, in particular among Black Americans and other disproportionately affected groups. Through a national media campaign and targeted community outreach, Greater Than AIDS aims to increase knowledge and understanding about HIV/AIDS and confront the stigma surrounding the disease.
The Kaiser Family Foundation -- a leader in health policy and communications -- provides strategic direction and day-to-day management, as well as oversees the production of the media campaign. The Black AIDS Institute -- a think tank exclusively focused on AIDS in Black America -- provides leadership and expert guidance and directs community engagement. Greater Than AIDS is developed in support of Act Against AIDS, an effort by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to refocus attention on the domestic epidemic. Additional, financial and substantive support is provided by the Elton John AIDS Foundation, Ford Foundation and MAC AIDS Fund, among others.