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The Illinois Department of Public Health is funding this initiative through a statewide HIV/AIDS awareness campaign targeted to minority populations (BASUAH – Brothers and Sisters United Against HIV/AIDS). Illinois has the seventh highest number of AIDS cases in the nation, with more than 41,000 reported cases since 1981. Of those diagnosed with AIDS, about 20,000 have died.

As of May 31, 2010, there were almost 60,000 HIV/AIDS cases diagnosed in Illinois. 

As of December 2009, there were 551 AIDS cases diagnosed in Winnebago County, of those 222 are still living (cumulative number since January 1981). As of December 2009, there were 160 HIV cases diagnosed in Winnebago County, of those 146 are still living (cumulative number since July 1999).

Please contact Mark Hunter, Black Male Health Coordinator, at 815-720-4268 for more information. 

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This event is sponsored by the Winnebago County Health Department.