Celebrate World AIDS Day with Benefits.gov!
Every year, World AIDS Day is observed on December 1 to raise awareness about the deadly disease. While much has been done to combat and prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported that in the U.S alone more than 1.1 million people are living with HIV infection, and almost 1 in 6 (15.8 percent) are unaware of their infection. Every year, approximately 50,000 people in the U.S. contract the disease. Given these statistics, raising awareness about HIV/AIDS is critical.

To help ensure citizens have the information they need, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) launched AIDS.gov - a site dedicated to increasing the knowledge about HIV & AIDS and access to services for people most at-risk for, or living with, HIV or AIDS. The site provides information about prevention, resources for those recently diagnosed with the disease, and information about support communities. Visitors to AIDS.gov can learn about the different types of HIV tests, confidential and anonymous testing, and at-home testing kits. If you are at risk of contracting HIV, you should get tested - you can find testing and prevention services in your area by using the AIDS.gov provider locator.

If you've recently been diagnosed with HIV, it's important to learn about the virus, identify available resources, develop strategies for living with HIV/AIDS, and find help in your community through the AIDS.gov provider locator. Living with HIV/AIDS or caring for someone with the disease presents many challenges, nonetheless, being alone shouldn't be one of them. Click here to connect with a huge support community who can help.

Benefits.gov is also here to help support citizens who have been impacted by HIV/AIDS. You can find services for persons who do not have sufficient health care coverage or financial resources for coping with HIV disease through the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program. If you're interested in performing AIDS research to help combat this disease, you may be eligible for the AIDS Research Loan Repayment Program. To find out if you may be eligible for these or the more than 1,000 other benefits on our site, click "Start Benefit Finder" on the homepage to use our confidential prescreening tool or browse the HIV/AIDS benefits we have listed.