AIDS Statistics

  • Globally, there were an estimated 33 million people living with HIV in 2007 (UNAIDS, 2008 Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic).
  • In 2007 there were 2.7 million new HIV infections worldwide and 2 million HIV-related deaths (ibid.).
  • At the end of 2003, an estimated 1,039,000 to 1,185,000 persons in the United States were living with HIV/AIDS, with 24%-27% undiagnosed and unaware of their HIV infection (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "HIV/AIDS Basic Statistics") .
  • African American men and women in the U.S. are strongly affected and are estimated to have an incidence rate (rate of new infections) that was 7 times greater than the incidence rate among whites (ibid.).
  • In 2005, HIV was the 6th leading cause of death in the United States for those aged 25–44, down from #1 in 1994 and 1995 (Kaiser Family Foundation, "Fact Sheet: The HIV/AIDS Epidemic in the United States").
  • Sub-Saharan Africa remains the region most heavily affected by HIV, accounting for 67% of all people living with HIV and for 75% of AIDS deaths in 2007 (UNAIDS, 2008 Report).
  • Women account for half of all people living with HIV worldwide, and nearly 60% of HIV infections in sub-Saharan Africa (ibid.).
  • Young people aged 15-24 account for an estimated 45% of new HIV infections worldwide (ibid.).
  • An estimated 370,000 children younger than 15 years became infected with HIV in 2007 (ibid.).
  • Africa has 11.6 million AIDS orphans (Avert, Global HIV/AIDS Estimates).
  • In developing and transitional countries, 9.7 million people are in immediate need of life-saving AIDS drugs; of these, only 2.99 million (31%) are receiving the drugs (ibid.).
  • In two countries in the Caribbean - the Bahamas and Haiti - more than 2% of the adult population is living with HIV. Higher prevalence rates are found only in sub-Saharan Africa, making the Caribbean the second-most affected region in the world (Avert, Caribbean Statistics Summary).


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