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HIV/AIDS Facts and Figures

In San Francisco...

  • An estimated 800-1,000 people will become infected with HIV this year.
  • More than 18,000 people have died of AIDS since the epidemic began in 1981. 27,592 currently live with HIV.
  • 90% of new infections are among gay men and other men who have sex with men.
  • Gay men who use methamphetamine are 2-4 times more likely to be living with HIV.
  • Non-Hispanic whites account for 54% of cumulative HIV/AIDS cases, followed by African Americans at 13% and Latinos at 12%.

In Los Angeles...

  • An estimated 1,700 people will become infected with HIV this year.
  • More than 31,000 have died of AIDS since the epidemic began. An estimated 24,000 currently live with HIV.
  • Nearly 46% of California’s total cumulative HIV/AIDS diagnoses have occurred in Los Angeles.
  • 71% of those living with AIDS are gay or bisexual men.
  • Although African-Americans comprise only 9.6% of the city’s population, they account for nearly 20% of those living with AIDS.

In California...

  • More than 190,000 Californians have reportedly contracted HIV/AIDS and more than 86,000 have died since the epidemic began in the early 1980s.
  • California ranks second in the nation in cumulative AIDS cases at 148,949, surpassed only by New York.
  • Up to 106,000 Californians are HIV-positive, while an additional 68,000 have AIDS.
  • There are up to 7,000 new HIV infections in the state every year.
  • 76% of all HIV/AIDS cases occur among gay men, far exceeding the 53% nationally.
  • Men make up 86% and women account for 13% of all HIV cases.
  • Of all HIV cases, whites account for 48% followed by Hispanics at 28% and African-Americans at 19%.
  • More than two-thirds of all Californians living with HIV reside in Los Angeles County or the San Francisco Bay Area.

In the United States...

  • Since the AIDS epidemic began in 1981, 1.7 million Americans have been infected with HIV and 583,298 have died of AIDS-related causes through 2007.
  • 1.1 million Americans are living with HIV (including more than 468,000 with AIDS).
  • An estimated 21% of people living with HIV are undiagnosed. 
  • There will be an estimated 56,300 HIV infections this year. Every 9 1/2 minutes, someone in the U.S. is infected with HIV.
  • Gay and bisexual men continue to bear the greatest burden of HIV infection, accounting for an estimated 53% of new HIV infections, and is the only group for which new infections are on the rise.
  • African-Americans and Latinos are disproportionately affected by HIV and AIDS. Blacks accounted for 45% of new HIV infections in 2006 and 47% of those living with the disease, yet they make up only 12% of the U.S. population. Latinos account for 17% of new infections yet comprise 15% of the U.S. population, while whites represent 35% of new infections and account for 66% of the total population.
  • The AIDS case rate for African-Americans is more than 9 times that of whites, and the HIV rate is 7 times greater among blacks than whites. Survival after an AIDS diagnosis is lower for blacks than any other racial/ethnic group.
  • Young adults and teens between 13 and 29 represent 34% of new HIV infections, the largest share of any age group.  Black teens are disproportionately affected, representing 68% of reported AIDS cases among 13 to 19-year-olds in 2007.
  • Women now account for 27% of HIV infections, with 280,000 women living with HIV and AIDS. Black women accounted for 65% of new AIDS cases among women in 2007 and the largest share of new HIV infections (61%).
  • New infections due to injection drug use have declined by about 80% since the mid- to late-90s, accounting for 12% of new infections in 2006.
  • 71% of all AIDS cases reported since the beginning of the epidemic are concentrated in 10 states or territories. While the District of Columbia has the highest AIDS case rate (148.1 per 100,000 in 2007), the states of New York (17.6%), California (14.4%) and Florida (10.6%) have the most cumulative AIDS cases.

In the World...

  • Since the beginning of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, 60 million people have contracted HIV and 25 million have died of AIDS-related causes.
  • As of 2008, 33.4 million people were living with HIV/AIDS worldwide.
  • The annual number of new HIV infections declined from 3.2 million in 2001 to 2.7 million in 2008. Still, more than 7,000 people contract HIV every day.
  • In 2008, an estimated 2 million adults and children died from AIDS, a 10% reduction from the peak number of AIDS-related deaths in 2004.
  • More than half of new infections are among those under 25 years of age.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa has been hardest hit by the epidemic. The region has 22.4 million people living with HIV/AIDS (67% of the worldwide total) and in 2008 accounted for 68% of all new HIV infections among adults, 91% of all new HIV infections among children and 72% of the world’s AIDS-related deaths—even though only 12% of the global population lives there.
  • Of the 2.1 million children living with HIV/AIDS worldwide, 91% live in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • An estimated 5.7 million South Africans are infected with HIV, more than any other country. In South Africa, 920,000 people are currently receiving anti-retroviral treatment – just over half of the 1.7 million who need the drugs
  • Africa has more than 12 million AIDS orphans.
  • Women account for nearly half of all adults living with HIV/AIDS worldwide, and 61% of those in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Although 430,000 children under age 15 became infected with HIV in 2008, this number has been declining since 2002 due to expanded services focused on preventing mother-to-child transmission.
  • An estimated 1.5 million people are living with HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, a 66% increase since 2001. Although injection drug use remains the primary route of transmission in this region, epidemics are now increasingly characterized by significant sexual transmission.
  • Injections drug users represent 10% of all those living with HIV.  An estimated 30% of HIV transmission outside sub-Saharan Africa is driven by unsafe injection practices — a growing problem in countries like Russia, China, Malaysia and Thailand.

Data Sources:

Joint United Nations Program on AIDS (UNAIDS); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); California Department of Public Health; San Francisco Department of Public Health; Los Angeles Department of Public Health; California HIV/AIDS Research Program; the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation; and Buchacz, et al (2005).