It all began when a handful of people came down with a strange form of pneumonia in 1981. These people died - but the AIDS virus lived on. Today HIV/AIDS infects 35 million people worldwide.
Approximately 1000 new cases of HIV/AIDS are diagnosed in Ohio every year. That number has remained stable for some time -- but increasingly more young people are becoming infected with the virus.
In 2007, about 20% of those diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in Ohio were younger than 24 years old. That's a 60% increase from the 2003 number.