The facts about AIDS/HIV

United States

  • More than 1.1 million people in the U.S. are living with HIV today, and 1 in 7 of them don’t know it.
  • An estimated 38,500 Americans became newly infected with HIV in 2015.
  • Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men bear the greatest burden by risk group, representing an estimated 26,200 of these new HIV infections.
  • From 2010 to 2015, the estimated number of annual HIV infections in the U.S. declined 8%.
  •  In 2016, 39,782 people were diagnosed with HIV in the U.S.
  • HIV diagnoses are not evenly distributed across states and regions. People in southern states accounted for more than half of new HIV diagnoses in 2016, while making up 38% of the nation’s population.

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

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  • There were approximately 36.7 million people worldwide living with HIV/AIDS at the end of 2016. Of these, 2.1 million were children (<15 years old).
  • An estimated 1.8 million individuals worldwide became newly infected with HIV in 2016 – about 5,000 new infections per day. This includes 160,000 children (<15 years). Most of these children live in sub-Saharan Africa and were infected by their HIV-positive mothers during pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding.
  • Approximately 70% of people living with HIV globally were aware of their HIV status in 2016. The remaining 30% (over 11 million people) still need access to HIV testing services. HIV testing is an essential gateway to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services.
  • As of June 2017, 20.9 million people living with HIV were accessing antiretroviral therapy (ART) globally, up from 15.8 million in June 2015, 7.5 million in 2010, and less than one million in 2000.
  • 1 million people died from AIDS-related illnesses in 2016, bringing the total number of people who have died from AIDS-related illnesses since the start of the epidemic to 35.0 million.

Source: UNAIDS

Data/Statistical Models

Our World In Data
Maps and statistical charts from the beginning of the epidemic with commentary

Governmental Agencies:



FDA AIDS Treatment

Dept of Justice Civil Rights Division

HUD Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) Program





World Heath Organization

International AIDS Society

The Global Fund


International AIDS/HIV Alliance



Rush Foundation

Elton John Foundation

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Art Responding To AIDS

Visual AIDS 

AIDS Memorial Sites:

National AIDS Memorial

World AIDS Day Website

AIDS Memorial Quilt: The Names Project

The AIDS Memorial on Instagram

The David Serko Project

VWAD founder Peter Serko’s comprehensive website about his AIDS activist brother David.  The website includes a timeline of HIV and AIDS.

WA State Agencies

WA State Dept of Health


Pacific Northwest AIDS Resources:


Pierce County AIDS Foundation

Health Information Network

King Co Dept of Health

Bailey-Boushay House

AIDS Housing Association of Tacoma 


more to come

Theater Groups Responding to AIDS

Broadway Cares-Equity Fights AIDS
Actors Fund


6 HIV/AIDS Documentaries

The 11 Best Films about HIV and AIDS


HIV History Project

Activism Protest Videos – ACT UP

Ashes Action October 11, 1992 March on the Bush Whitehouse
More Ashes
Wall St II March 24, 1988
More Wall St II
March on Kennebunkport September 1991
Day of Desperation Grand Central Station January 23, 1991
Target City Hall March 23, 1989

HIV/AIDS Organizations Worldwide

AIDS Community Research Initiative of America (ACRIA)

AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) | |

AID for AIDS International

AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC)


AIDS United

Andrey Rylkov Foundation for Health and Social Justice (ARF)


Black AIDS Institute (BAI)

Center for Health, Human Rights & Development (CEHURD)

Center for Artistic Activism

Center for Health and Gender Equality (CHANGE)

The Center for HIV Law and Policy

Delhi Network of Positive People (DNP+)

Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF)


Gay Men’s Health Crisis

Greater Than Aids

Health GAP

HIV Prevention Justice Alliance (HIV PJA)

Housing Works

International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI)

International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC)

Médicins Sans Frontières (a.k.a. Doctors Without Borders)


Partners in Health

Pathfinder International

Planned Parenthood




Save the Children

The Sero Project

Sex Worker Education and Advocacy Taskforce (SWEAT)

Sex Workers Project

Staying Alive Foundation

Student Global AIDS Campaign (SGAC)

Treatment Action Campaign

Treatment Action Group (TAG)

Urban Justice Center

Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (uaem)

Women’s Legal Centre