amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research

Statistics: United States

  • There are approximately 1.1 million people living with HIV in the U.S.

  • It is estimated that almost one-fifth (18.1 %) of those people don’t know they are infected.

  • Since the beginning of the AIDS pandemic, 1.7 million Americans have been infected with HIV and more than 650,000 have died of AIDS.

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

  • In 2011, more than 20% of people diagnosed with HIV in the U.S. 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 47% of new HIV infections diagnosed in 2011, although they comprise only 14% 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: UNAIDS Gap Report 2014; UNAIDS Fact Sheet 2014; U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

(Last updated July 2014)