• HIV continues to be a major global public health issue, having claimed more than 35 million lives since it was first recognized in 1981. One million people died from HIV-related causes in 2016, alone.
  • Globally, there were approximately 36.7 million people living with HIV at the end of 2016 with 1.8 million people becoming newly infected. (2016)
  • The total estimated new HIV infections in the US was 37,600. Southern States made up half of them. (2014)
  • In the U.S., youth aged 13 to 24 accounted for more than 1 in 5 new HIV diagnoses. (2015)
  • Nationally, African Americans accounted for 44% of HIV diagnoses, though they comprise 12% of the U.S. population. Hispanics/Latinos represented 18% of the population, but accounted for 25% of HIV diagnoses. (2016)
  • Nationwide, women made up 19% of the new HIV diagnoses. Heterosexual contact accounted for 87% of HIV diagnoses among women. (2016)
  • An estimated 5,954 people were living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) in Oklahoma. Almost half of PLWHA in Oklahoma live in counties within the Oklahoma City Metro-Statistical Area (MSA). (2016)
  • In Oklahoma, 295 cases of HIV were newly diagnosed. Almost 65% of those newly diagnosed cases were ages 20-39. Black/African Americans had the highest rate of newly diagnosed HIV cases among all racial and ethnic groups. (2016)