amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research

Statistics: Worldwide 

  • More than 35 million people now live with HIV/AIDS.
  • 3.3 million of them are under the age of 15.
  • In 2012, an estimated 2.3 million people were newly infected with HIV.
  • 260,000 were under the age of 15.
  • Every day nearly 6,300 people contract HIV—nearly 262 every hour.
  • In 2012, 1.6 million people died from AIDS.
  • 210,000 of them were under the age of 15.
  • Since the beginning of the epidemic, more than 75 million people have contracted HIV and nearly 36 million have died of HIV-related causes.

The Regional Picture 

Sub-Saharan Africa
More than two-thirds (70 percent) of all people living with HIV, 25 million, live in sub-Saharan Africa—including 88 percent of the world’s HIV-positive children. In 2012, an estimated 1.6 million people in the region became newly infected. An estimated 1.2 million adults and children died of AIDS, accounting for 75 percent of the world’s AIDS deaths in 2012.

Asia and the Pacific
In Asia and the Pacific, nearly 351,000 people became newly infected in 2012, bringing the total number of people living with HIV/AIDS there to nearly 5 million. AIDS claimed an estimated 261,000 lives in the region in 2012.

Caribbean
Approximately 12,000 people became newly infected in the Caribbean in 2012, bringing the total number of people living with HIV/AIDS there to more than 250,000. AIDS claimed an estimated 11,000 lives in 2012.

Central and South America
There were an estimated 86,000 new HIV/AIDS infections and 52,000 AIDS-related deaths in Central and South America in 2012. This region currently has 1.5 million people living with HIV/AIDS.

North Africa and the Middle East
Approximately 260,000 people are living with HIV in this region and an estimated 32,000 people became newly infected in 2012. An estimated 17,000 adults and children died of AIDS.

Eastern Europe and Central Asia
Some 130,000 people were newly infected with HIV in 2012, bringing the number of people living with HIV/AIDS to 1.3 million. HIV/AIDS claimed 91,000 lives in 2012.

Western and Central Europe
In 2012, there were 29,000 new cases of HIV, bringing the number of people living with HIV in Western and Central Europe to 860,000. An estimated 7,600 people in these regions died of AIDS in 2012.

Source: UNAIDS report on the global AIDS epidemic 2013; UNAIDS Fact Sheet 2013.

(Last updated October 2013)