amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research

Statistics: United States

  • More than 1.2 million people in the United States are living with HIV infection.

  • It is estimated that almost 1 in 8 (12.8 percent) don’t know they are infected.

  • From 1981 to 2013, an estimated 1,194,039 people in the United States had been diagnosed with AIDS. Of those, 658,507 have died.

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

  • At the end of 2011, 23 percent of all people living with HIV in the United States were women.

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

  • In 2010, gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) accounted for 78% of new HIV infections among men and 63% of all new infections although they comprise only 4% of the U.S. male population.

  • African Americans accounted for almost half of new infections (44 percent) in 2014, although they comprise only 12 percent of the population.

  • The rate of new HIV infections among black women in 2010 was 20 times that of white women and nearly five times that of Hispanic women.

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

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

(Last updated: March 2016)