amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research

Statistics: United States

  • There are approximately 1.1 million people living with HIV/AIDS in the U.S.

  • It is estimated that almost one-fifth (18.1%) of those people don’t know they have it.

  • Since the start of the AIDS epidemic, 1.7 million Americans have been infected with HIV and more than 650,000 have died of AIDS.

  • An estimated 50,000 new HIV infections occur in the U.S. each year.

  • Men who have sex with men (MSM) account for the majority of new HIV/AIDS diagnoses although MSM comprise only around 4% of the U.S. male population.

  • New HIV diagnoses among MSM were more than 44 times higher than among other men and more than 40 times higher than women in 2008.

  • African Americans accounted for 47% of new HIV infections diagnosed in 2011, although they comprise only 14% of the population.

  • The HIV infection rate among African American women is nearly four times higher than the rate among white women.

  • The infection rate among Latinos was three times higher than the rate among whites in 2010.

  • In 2011, more than 20% of people diagnosed with HIV in the U.S. were women.

  • The vast majority of newly diagnosed HIV-positive women contracted the virus through heterosexual sex.

  • In 2010, 31% of all new infections occurred among people aged 25–34, followed by individuals aged 13–24 at 26%.

Sources: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

(Last updated October 2013)