amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research

Statistics: United States

  • An estimated 1.2 million people in the United States were living with HIV at the end of 2013, the most recent year for which information is available. Of those, about 13%, or 1 in 8, did not know they were infected.

  • In 2015, 39,513 people were diagnosed with HIV infection in the United States. 

  • In the United States, 6,721 people died from HIV and AIDS in 2014. 

  • In 2015, 18,303 people were diagnosed with AIDS. Since the epidemic began in the early 1980s, 1,216,917 people have been diagnosed with AIDS.

  • One in four people living with HIV in the United States are women.

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

  • In 2015, gay and bisexual men accounted for 82% of HIV diagnoses among males and 67% of all diagnoses, although they comprise only 4% of the U.S. male population.

  • African Americans accounted for 45% of HIV diagnoses in 2015, although they comprise only 12% of the population.

  • In 2015, 37% of all new infections occurred among people aged 20-29, followed by individuals aged 30-39 at 24%,

  • In 2014, Southern states accounted for an estimated 44% of all people living with an HIV diagnosis in the U.S., despite having only about one-third (37%) of the overall U.S. population.

Sources: HIV in the United States: At a Glance;HIV in the Southern United States, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

(Last updated: February 2017)