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diagnosed aids cases statistics worldwide 1983-1996

Mar 24, 1998

I need to know the total diagnosed AIDS cases through the years of 1983-1996 the total of each year and the increase or decrease as the years passed. And the total diagnosed cases of AIDS to date.

Response from Mr. Sowadsky

Hi. Thank you for your question.

The following statistics are taken from the "HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Diseases Newsletter (September 1997), published by the World Health Organization (WHO) Office of HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Diseases. Because of very poor HIV/AIDS reporting in many parts of the world, especially in developing ("Third World") nations, we cannot say how accurate the following statistics really are. Also, the time from diagnosis of AIDS, to the time these cases get reported, can be very long (months or even years). Also, many cases of AIDS never get reported at all . Therefore, the actual numbers are probably much higher than those reported here. The following are the worldwide statistics for reported (not actual) cases of full-blown AIDS.

Worldwide AIDS Cases (1979-1994) = 1,255,676

Worldwide AIDS Cases (1995) = 241,310

Worldwide AIDS Cases (1996) = 142,055

Worldwide AIDS Cases (All years as of November 1997) = 1,736,958

Additional information can be found in the Weekly Epidemiological Record, also published by the World Health Organization. As of today (March 1998), the most up-to-date worldwide statistics can be found in the following issues:

Volume 72, #48, November 28, 1997, pages 357-364

Volume 72, #49, December 5, 1997, pages 365-372

These statistics will be updated from time to time in future issues. The statistics shown above are for reported AIDS cases (that is, persons with the full-blown disease). Many cases of AIDS never get reported. The actual total number of worldwide AIDS cases is presently estimated to be 12.9 million. The number of people living with HIV is presently estimated to be 30.6 million worldwide.

If you are interested in the number of AIDS cases diagnosed in the United States (including the number of AIDS cases diagnosed per year), these statistics can be found in the HIV/AIDS Surveillance Report, published by the US Centers For Disease Control (CDC). The total number of HIV cases in the United States is estimated to be between 650,000 to 900,000 Americans.

Because HIV is presently not reportable in all states in the USA, and because HIV cases are not reportable in many countries, we cannot provide a more detailed statistic for HIV cases at this time.

If you need more statistical information, please refer to the website links above. For more information about HIV and AIDS, you can also e-mail me at "" or call me at (Nationwide). I'm glad to help!

Thanks to Dr. Rick
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