Global HIV statistics

By the end of 2017, 36.9 million people were estimated to be living with HIV globally, with 59% of them accessing HIV treatment.

By the end of 2017:

  • 1.8 million people were newly diagnosed as living with HIV (down from 3.1 million in 2000).
  • 21.7 million people had access to HIV treatments, up from 7.5 million in 2010, and 17 million in 2015.
  • 940,000 people died of AIDS-related causes ( a reduction of 47% since the peak in 1996).
  • In sub-Saharan Africa, three in four new infections are among girls aged 15–19 years and young women aged 15–24 years are twice as likely to be living with HIV than men.

By the end of 2017:

  • 80% of pregnant women living with HIV had access to HIV treatments to prevent transmission of HIV to their babies.
  • 59% of adults aged 15 years and older living with HIV had access to treatment and 52% of children aged 0–14 years had access.
  • New HIV notifications among children were reduced by 35% since 2010.

Globally, HIV disproportionately affects the following key populations:

  • Sex workers
  • People who inject drugs
  • Gay and bisexual men and other men who have sex with men
  • Trans and gender diverse people
  • Prisoners.

The percentage of these populations affected by HIV varies by country and region. For example: in Australia the majority of HIV notifications are among gay men; in Eastern Europe and Central Asia 39% of new notifications were among people who inject drugs in 2017; and in the Caribbean 13% of new notifications were among sex workers.


Global AIDS Update 2018: Miles to Go (UNAIDS)

UNAIDS Fact Sheet 2018: Global Statistics