HIV/AIDS has impacted the world in a devastating manner. The quality of life, human value, and lives lost due to HIV and AIDS has been tremendous. One way in which we can appreciate this impact is by looking at statistics worldwide and in the U.S.
Around the World
In 2000, more than 6,500 young people aged 15 to 24 became infected with HIV every day – that is, about five every minute!
In 2000 alone, HIV/AIDS-associated illnesses caused the deaths of approximately 3 million people worldwide, including an estimated 500,000 children younger than 15 years.
An estimated 13.2 million children younger than age 15 had lost their mothers or both parents by the end of 1999.
Worldwide, more than 80 percent of all adult HIV infections have resulted from heterosexual intercourse (between men and women)
In the U.S.
In 1998, 46,247 new cases of AIDS and a total of 13,426 deaths were recorded in the United States due to HIV/AIDS.
Approximately 189,000 patients are discharged at hospitals with HIV diagnosis each year.
The approximate number of days of care for patients with HIV is 1,503,000 and the average length of hospital stay is 8 days.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that 800,000 to 900,000 U.S. residents are living with HIV infection, one-third of whom are unaware of their infection.
Approximately 40,000 new HIV infections occur each year in the United States, about 70 percent among men and 30 percent among women. Of these newly infected people, half are younger than 25 years of age.
Of new infections among women in the United States, approximately 75 percent of women were infected through heterosexual sex and 25 percent through injection drug use.
In the United States, 774,467 cases of AIDS had been reported through December 31, 2000.