HIV/AIDS in America: Basic Statistics from the CDC

>> HIV/AIDS: Basic Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

If you’ve ever tried to find AIDS stats fast, you know it’s not always as easy as you might wish.  Happily, the CDC seems to be working on boiling down the essence of its recent stats update, and has produced this handy guide to Basic Statistics on HIV and AIDS in the US, complete with definitions of its key terms.  For your even greater convenience, here are the highlights.

 

HIV Prevalence Estimate

Prevalence is the number of people living with HIV/AIDS in a given year.

At the end of 2003, an estimated 1,039,000 to 1,185,000 persons in the United States were living with HIV/AIDS, with 24%-27% undiagnosed and unaware of their HIV infection.*

For more information see “HIV/AIDS in the United States.”

*Glynn M, Rhodes P. Estimated HIV prevalence in the United States at the end of 2003. National HIV Prevention Conference; June 2005; Atlanta. Abstract 595.
 

HIV Incidence Estimate

Incidence is the number of new HIV infections that occur during a given year.

In 2008, CDC estimated that approximately 56,300 people were newly infected with HIV in 2006 (the most recent year that data are available). Over half (53%) of these new infections occurred in gay and bisexual men. African American men and women were also strongly affected and were estimated to have an incidence rate than was 7 times greater than the incidence rate among whites. Visit the HIV incidence page for more details.
 

Also Available

(on the Basic Statistics page)

  • AIDS Cases by Age
  • AIDS Cases by Race/Ethnicity
  • AIDS Cases by Transmission Category
  • AIDS Cases by Top 10 States/Dependent Area
  • Persons Living with AIDS
  • Deaths of Persons with AIDS
  • HIV/AIDS Cases by Age
  • HIV/AIDS Cases by Race/Ethnicity
  • HIV/AIDS Cases by Transmission Category
  • Persons Living with HIV/AIDS
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~ by h.e.g. on September 27, 2008.

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