HIV Facts and Statistics

Did you know…

  • More than 1.2 million people in the United States are living with HIV infection
  • There are about 50,000 new HIV infections per year
  • One in eight people living with HIV is unaware of their status and these individuals unaware account for 50% of new infections each year
  • One in four new HIV infections is among youth ages 13-24
  • Offering HIV testing to only those who report risk factors can lead to up to 70% of missed diagnoses
  • Persons who are considered high risk should be tested annually for HIV
  • All patients seeking evaluation and treatment for STDs should be screened for HIV regardless of risk factors

In Chicago…

  • An estimate 4,300 individuals in Chicago are HIV positive and are unaware of their status
  • 35% of newly HIV diagnosed in Chicago in 2011 were between 13-29 years old
  • Zip code area 60612 has an HIV prevalence of 2% and is considered a high-rick area for HIV
  • In 2010, 30.9% of people were diagnosed with AIDS within 12 months of initial HIV infection diagnosis
  • The rate of black females living with an HIV infection diagnosis is 9.9 times that of white females
  • 65.5% of male transmission of HIV was through male to male sexual contact

For more in depth Illinois and Chicago HIV statistics, refer to AIDSVu-Illinois and AIDSVu-Chicago documents or visit AIDSVu’s interactive map here and see the HIV/AIDS prevalence in your zip code based on ethnicity, gender, or age.

AIDSVu (www.aidsvu.org). Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health. [6 July 2014.]