AIDS is not going away. For 32 years, since the start of the AIDS epidemic, AIDS still kills. Every day, people are still infected with HIV. Here are some numbers:
In the United States:
- More than 1.2 million Americans are living with HIV (as of 12/31/13). Of those, 12.8% had undiagnosed HIV infections.
- In 2015 (the most recent year that data are available), there were an estimated 39,513 new HIV infections. That's one new infection every 13 minutes.
- African-Americans accounted for 45% of new HIV/AIDS diagnoses in 2015. They make up approximately 13% of the population.
- 82% of people newly diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in 2015 were male. 67% of them were infected through homosexual contact.
- 24% of people newly diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in 2015 were infected by heterosexual contact.
- 19% of people newly diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in 2015 were female. 86% of them were infected through heterosexual contact; a further 13% were infected via injection drug use.
- From 1981 to 2013, an estimated 1,216,917 Americans were diagnosed with AIDS. Of those, over 700,000 have died.
- In 2015, young people aged 13-24 comprised 16% of the US population but accounted for 22% of all new HIV diagnoses. Young gay and bisexual men accounted for 84% of all new HIV diagnoses in people aged 13-24 in 2015.
You can learn more at www.cdc.gov/hiv