I am 28. White. A Female. And a former Peace Corps Volunteer. I am HIV Positive. This is my story of how a few months, a few people, and a few events in Zambia changed me and my life forever. This is the story of how I contracted HIV and brought my Peace Corps Journey to a crashing halt... and how I am working now to pick up and put back together the pieces of my life as a newly diagnosed person living with HIV. This was not the journey I had originally planned... my path has traumatically and dramatically changed... but it is the one I am on now. There is no going back. There is only forward. I welcome you to follow along with me as I attempt to explore this new life ahead of me, whether you are someone from the Peace Corps community, or someone living with HIV. I welcome your comments, questions, suggestions, and opinions. Let us go forward together. To start from the beginning, click here He Gave Me More Than A Bracelet.

HIV in America

  • There are approximately 1.2 million people living with HIV/AIDS in the U.S.
  • It is estimated that one-fifth of those people don’t know they have it.
  • Since the start of the AIDS epidemic, 1.7 million Americans have been infected with HIV and more than 600,000 have died of AIDS.
  • An estimated 48,100 new HIV infections occurred in the U.S. in 2009.
  • Men who have sex with men (MSM) account for the majority of new HIV/AIDS diagnoses although MSM comprise only around 2% of the U.S. male population. In 2007, a third of these MSM were younger than 30 years old.
  • New HIV diagnoses among MSM were more than 44 times higher than among other men and more than 40 times higher than women in 2008.
  • African Americans accounted for 44% of new HIV infections diagnosed in 2009, although they comprise only 14% of the population.
  • The HIV infection rate among African American women is 15 times higher than the rate among white women.
  • The infection rate among Latinos was two and a half times higher than the rate among whites in 2006.
  • In 2009, more than 25% of people diagnosed with HIV in the U.S. were women.
  • The vast majority of newly diagnosed HIV-positive women contracted the virus through heterosexual sex.
  • In 2006, 34% of all new infections occurred among people aged 13-29—more than any other age group.
Sources: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Other resources:
Aids.gov- U.S.
U.S. Statistics by State


  1. As a gay man in America I feel underexposed to information concerning HIV,safe sex. It is more complex then gay/straight, black/white, these statistics are informative, but there is so much behind them and so many discussions we have yet to have.


  2. That was not meant to be critical. This blog is the discussion. I was meaning praise to it. I am looking forward to reading more and making more comments.