The Cause

HIV/AIDS Facts

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

In New York State:

  • At the end of 2013, an estimated 133,266 aged 13 and older were living with HIV infection.
  • The CDC estimates that over 3,512 people are newly infected 
with HIV each year.
  • African-Americans accounted for 42% of new HIV/AIDS diagnoses in 2013, Hispanic/Latino 32%.
  • 24% of people newly diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in 2013 were female.
  • Since 1981, 202,341 people (as of 12/31/13) have been diagnosed with AIDS. Of those, more than 123,348 (61%) have died


You can learn more at www.cdc.gov/nchhstp/stateprofiles/usmap.htm

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In New York City:

  • 121,616 people are living with HIV/AIDS (as of 12/31/15).
  • 2,493 people were newly diagnosed with HIV in 2015 and 1,307 people were diagnosed with AIDS.
  • 70% of people living with HIV/AIDS are male.
  • Of people living with HIV/AIDS, 52% are Black, 31% are Hispanic, and 15% are White.
  • Since 1981, 177,615 people have been diagnosed with AIDS. Of those, 62% (110,170) have died.


You can learn more at www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/living/std-hiv.shtml.


Sources US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.