The facts about AIDS/HIV
- 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
- 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.
Our World In Data
Maps and statistical charts from the beginning of the epidemic with commentary
Art Responding To AIDS
AIDS Memorial Sites:
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
Pacific Northwest AIDS Resources:
more to come
Theater Groups Responding to AIDS
Activism Protest Videos – ACT UP
Ashes Action October 11, 1992 March on the Bush Whitehouse
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