U.N. AIDS statistics (as of 2009), based on the latest data from 182 countries, show that:
Since the beginning of the epidemic, almost 60 million people have been infected with HIV and 25 million people have died of HIV-related causes.
33.3 million people are living with HIV/AIDS of which 7.5 percent are children under 15 years of age.
There are over 7,000 new infections every day; 97 percent of these are in low and middle income countries, about 1,000 are in children under 15 years of age, and about 6,000 are in adults aged 15 or older of whom 51% are women and 41% young people (ages 15 – 24).
1.8 million people die from AIDS each year.
HIV/AIDS is a “disease of young people” with 40 percent of the new infections each year occurring among people ages 15 to 24.
Sub-Saharan Africa is the region most affected and is home to 68 percent of all people living with HIV worldwide and 91 percent of all new infections among children.
In sub-Saharan Africa the epidemic has orphaned more than 14 million children.
The Center for Disease Control statistics (as of July 2010) show that:
Over 1 million people are currently living with HIV in the United States
(U.S.) with approximately 53,600 new infections occurring each year.
One in five (21 percent) of those people living with HIV is unaware of their infection.
More than 18,000 people with AIDS still die each year in the U.S.
73 percent of new infections were in men, and 27 percent were in women.
By race, 45 percent of the new infections occurred among African Americans, 17 percent in Hispanics and 35 percent in Whites.
34 percent of new infections were in people younger than 30 years of age.
While African Americans represent approximately 12 percent of the U.S.
population, they account for almost half (46 percent) of people living with HIV in the U.S., as well as nearly half (45 percent) of new infections each year.
The rate of new HIV infections among Hispanic/Latino men is more than double that of white men and the rate among Hispanic/Latino women is nearly four times that of white women.
A total of 1,617 people were living with AIDS in El Paso in 2010. Of these, males far outnumbered females being 1,410 vs. 207, respectively. Hispanics accounted for the majority of the cases (1,374), compared to 150 for Caucasians and 80 for African Americans. Another 9 cases were classified as “other” or “unknown” ethnic origin. The age groups most represented for people living with AIDS were the 45-54 years of age bracket, with 520 cases, followed by 35-44 years of age group, with 515 reported cases.
The mode of exposure reported for people living with AIDS was principally by male to male sexual contact (MSM), with 1,083 cases. Other forms of exposure included intravenous drug users (IDU) with 133 cases. Additionally, MSM plus IDU corresponded to 77 cases and AIDS due to heterosexual contact reported 297 cases (Texas Department of State Health Services – 2010 Texas Integrated Epidemiologic Profile for HIV /AIDS).
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