amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research

Statistics: Worldwide

  • Nearly 37 million people are now living with HIV.

  • 2.6 million are under the age of 15.

  • In 2014, an estimated 2 million people were newly infected with HIV.

  • 220,000 were under the age of 15.

  • Every day about 5,600 people contract HIV—more than 230 every hour.

  • In 2014, 1.2 million people died from AIDS.

  • Since the beginning of the pandemic, nearly 78 million people have contracted HIV and close to 39 million have died of AIDS-related causes.

  • As of March 2015, around 15 million people living with HIV (41% of the total) had access to antiretroviral therapy.

The Regional Picture

Sub-Saharan Africa

More than two-thirds (70%) of all people living with HIV, 25.8 million, live in sub-Saharan Africa—including  88% of the world’s HIV-positive children. In 2014, an estimated 1.4 million people in the region became newly infected. An estimated 790,000 adults and children died of AIDS, accounting for 66% of the world’s AIDS deaths in 2014.

Asia and the Pacific

In Asia and the Pacific, nearly 340,000 people became newly infected in 2014, bringing the total number of people living with HIV there to 5 million. AIDS claimed an estimated 240,000 lives in the region in 2014.

Caribbean

Approximately 13,000 people became newly infected in the Caribbean in 2014, bringing the total number of people living with HIV there to 280,000. AIDS claimed an estimated 8,800 lives in 2014.

Latin America

There were an estimated 87,000 new HIV infections and 41,000 AIDS-related deaths in Latin America in 2014. This region currently has 1.7 million people living with HIV.

North Africa and the Middle East

Approximately 240,000 people are living with HIV in this region and an estimated 22,000 people became newly infected in 2014. An estimated 12,000 adults and children died of AIDS in 2014.

Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Some 140,000 people were newly infected with HIV in 2014, bringing the number of people living with HIV to 1.5 million. AIDS claimed 62,000 lives in 2014.

Western and Central Europe and North America

In 2014, there were 85,000 new cases of HIV, bringing the number of people living with HIV in Western and Central Europe and North American to 2.4 million. An estimated 26,000 people in these regions died of AIDS in 2014.

Source: UNAIDS Report: How AIDS changed everything, 2015; UNAIDS 2014 Global Statistics.

(Last updated July 2015)