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Statistics: Worldwide

  • At the end of 2015, 36.7 million people were living with HIV.

  • In 2015, 2.1 million people became newly infected with HIV; 150,000 were under the age of 15.

  • About 5,753 people will become infected with HIV each day—about 240 every hour.

  • Since the beginning of the pandemic, 78 million people have contracted HIV and 35 million have died of AIDS-related illnesses, including 1.1 million in 2015.

  • As of June 2016, 18.2 million people living with HIV had access to antiretroviral therapy.

The Regional Picture

Asia and the Pacific
In 2015, an estimated 300,000 people in Asia and the Pacific became newly infected with HIV, bringing the total number of people living with HIV in the region to 5.1 million. AIDS-related illnesses claimed 180,000 lives.

East and southern Africa
In 2015, there were 19 million people living with HIV—approximately half of all people living with HIV in the world—and an estimated 960,000 new infections in East and southern Africa. The region accounts for 46% of the global total of new HIV infections. More than half of people living with HIV in East and southern Africa are women. In 2015, about 470,000 people died of AIDS-related illnesses.

Eastern Europe and central Asia
In 2015, an estimated 190,000 people in Eastern Europe and central Asia became newly infected, bringing the number of people living with HIV in the region to 1.5 million. AIDS claimed 47,000 lives.

Latin America and the Caribbean
In 2015, there were an estimated 100,000 new HIV infections in Latin America and the Caribbean and 50,000 AIDS-related deaths. There were 2 million people in the region living with HIV.

Middle East and North Africa
In 2015, there were 230,000 people living with HIV in the Middle East and North Africa and an estimated 21,000 new infections. AIDS-related illnesses claimed 12,000 lives.

Western and central Africa
In 2015, there were 6.5 million people—women accounted for nearly 60% of that number—living with HIV in western and central Africa, and an estimated 410,000 new HIV infections. AIDS claimed 330,000 lives.

Western and central Europe and North America
In 2015, there were 2.4 million people living with HIV in Western and central Europe and North America and an estimated 91,000 new HIV infections. In these regions, 22,000 people died of AIDS-related causes.

Source: UNAIDS Fact Sheet November 2016

(Updated 2/2017)