HIV/AIDS Statistics


The number of people living with the disease worldwide is increasing and the rate of new infections is stablizing in some areas, but the disparity between those needing treatment and receiving it is still unacceptable.(1 – 3)

  • 33 million people living with HIV/AIDS1
  • 2.7 million new cases in 20071
  • Infection rate 2.7 times faster than the increase in number of those receiving treatment2
  • 30 vaccine trials occuring in 24 different countries across every continent3

United States

Similarly in the United States people are living longer and the rates of new infections are decreasing; however, it is estimated that far too many people are still unaware of their status.4

  • 1.1 million people living with HIV/AIDS
  • 55,400 new cases of HIV per year from 2003-2006
  • 1 in 5 persons living with HIV are unaware of their status

The South

Despite the positive national trends, the South has not shared in this success. Rates of new infections have increased along with the numbers of deaths. Communities of color are hardest hit in this area by the AIDS epidemic. For more information on the South’s HIV/AIDS tragedy, please read the Southern States Manifesto.5

  • 4 out of 10 Americans living with AIDS resides in the South
  • From 2000-2003, new AIDS cases increased 35.6% in the six states in the Deep South compared to 5.2% in all other States combined
  • The South is the only region where the number of deaths increased from 2001-2003
  • Of the 15 states with the highest rates of new HIV diagnoses, 9 were in the South

Northeast Georgia

AIDS Athens serves the 10-county Northeast Georgia Area. The area served by AIDS Athens has seen the same alarming statistics affecting the South.

  • 20% increase in the number of clients served in one year
  • 82% of clients live below the poverty line
  • 64% of clients are African-American


Sources: The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS. (2008). 2008 Report on the global AIDS epidemic: Executive Summary.; 2 World AIDS Day Campaign. (2008). Media Kit.; 3 International AIDS Vaccine Initiative. (2008). IAVI Issues Annual Map of AIDS Vaccine Research Activity Worldwide.; 4 Centers for Disease Control. (2007). Cases of HIV Infection & AIDS in the U.S. and Dependent Areas.; 5 The Southern AIDS Coalition. (2008). Southern States Manifesto: Update 2008.

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