- There are approximately 1.2 million people living with HIV/AIDS in the U.S.
- It is estimated that one-fifth of those people don’t know they have it.
- Since the start of the AIDS epidemic, 1.7 million Americans have been infected with HIV and more than 600,000 have died of AIDS.
- An estimated 48,100 new HIV infections occurred in the U.S. in 2009.
- Men who have sex with men (MSM) account for the majority of new HIV/AIDS diagnoses although MSM comprise only around 2% of the U.S. male population. In 2007, a third of these MSM were younger than 30 years old.
- New HIV diagnoses among MSM were more than 44 times higher than among other men and more than 40 times higher than women in 2008.
- African Americans accounted for 44% of new HIV infections diagnosed in 2009, although they comprise only 14% of the population.
- The HIV infection rate among African American women is 15 times higher than the rate among white women.
- The infection rate among Latinos was two and a half times higher than the rate among whites in 2006.
- In 2009, more than 25% 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 2006, 34% of all new infections occurred among people aged 13-29—more than any other age group.
Sources: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
U.S. Statistics by State