ILLINOIS - The Land of Lincoln ranks seventh in the nation when it comes to the number of people infected with AIDS.
Since 1980, there have been a reported 39,844 cases. Of that number, 23,729 have died.
There is hope though.
Since 2008, there's been an overall 5% decrease in the number of new diagnoses. "We've done a lot of great work to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and STDs" says Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck, Director of the Illinois Dept. of Public Health. "But, until these diseases are eliminated, there's still work to be done."
AIDS has hit nearly every age group. Some kids as young as five have been infected.