SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (KMOX) – As of July, Illinois had more than 18,600 residents living with AIDS -nearly 14,000 of those cases diagnosed since early 2006.

On this “World AIDS Day” (December 1), the Illinois Department of Public Health says it has nearly four-million-dollars in grant funds available for HIV and AIDS treatment and prevention efforts across the state.

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The latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates of new HIV infections in the United States indicate the HIV remains a serious health problem, with an estimated 50,000 new infections each year.

In 2011 (the latest year available), Illinois had the 6th highest number of diagnosed HIV infections nationwide and ranked 6th for the estimated number of AIDS cases.

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