SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois has the 7th highest number of AIDS cases in the nation, with 39,844 reported cases of AIDS since 1980.
Of those diagnosed with the disease, about 23,729 have died. Between 2008-2012, there was an 18 percent increase in the number of people living with AIDS in Illinois, with the most notable increase among Hispanic and "other" ethnicities.
There were 66 percent fewer deaths in 2012 compared to 2008. While many infected people are living longer, others are diagnosed when they are already in the end stage of the disease.
The most notable decrease in the number of deaths between 2008-2012, was among heterosexuals (72 percent) and intravenous drug users (72 percent). Men who have sex with men (MSM) also experienced a decrease in the number of deaths, but at a lower rate (60 percent.)
Between 2008-2012, there was an overall 5 percent decrease in the number of new HIV/AIDS diagnoses. However, the proportion of new diagnoses in men increased from 75 percent in 2008, compared to 83 percent in 2012. African Americans experienced the most notable decrease in the number of new cases diagnosed between 2008-2012.
Also between 2008-2012, there was an increase in the number of new cases diagnosed among people ages 5-12 years, and 20-19 years. People ages 13-19 years, and 40-59 years saw a decrease in the number of new diagnoses.