As of 2004, nearly 38 million adults and over two million children are living with HIV. Around half of all people who become infected with HIV do so before they are 25 and die from AIDS before age 35.
While there is some promising research and treatments, there still is no cure. In recognition of Worlds Aids Day, the Pitt County organization Picaso kicked off fundraising for their first ever "Rocker-thon."
Statistics show Eastern Carolina is leading the state in the number of annual infections.