In 2014 (the latest year for which data are available), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says, there were 6,721 deaths directly attributable to HIV. That’s close to the number of Americans who choke to death each year — about 5,000.

 The relatively low number of deaths is because there’s now a treatment, often taken as a simple pill once daily, that usually reduces detectible virus to zero. Heck, I take three pills just for hypertension.

 If your detectable virus is zero, it’s virtually impossible to infect others.