December 3, 2003
The following data are summarized from the CDC annual HIV/AIDS Surveillance Report. Unless otherwise noted, numbers are estimated numbers of diagnoses of AIDS in the United States through December 2002.
For a more complete understanding of the current surveillance trends, you may download a PDF file of the HIV/AIDS Surveillance Report or request a free copy of the HIV/AIDS Surveillance Report by calling the CDC National Prevention Information Network at 1-800-458-5231.
The estimated number of diagnoses of AIDS through 2002 in the United States is 886,575. Adult and adolescent AIDS cases total 877,275 with 718,002 cases in males and 159,271 cases in females. Through the same time period, 9,300 AIDS cases were estimated in children under age 13.Estimated number of deaths of persons with AIDS is 501,669, including 496,354 adults and adolescents, and 5,315 children under age 15.
Of the estimated number of diagnoses of AIDS through December 2002, patients' ages at time of diagnosis were distributed as follows:
|Age||# of Cumulative AIDS Cases|
|Ages 13 to 14:||839|
|Ages 15 to 24:||35,460|
|Ages 25 to 34:||301,278|
|Ages 35 to 44:||347,860|
|Ages 45 to 54:||138,386|
|Ages 55 to 64:||40,584|
|Ages 65 or older:||12,868|
Estimated numbers of diagnoses of AIDS through December 2002, by race or ethnicity:
|Race or Ethnicity||# of Cumulative AIDS Cases|
|White, not Hispanic||364,458|
|Black, not Hispanic||347,491|
|American Indian/Alaska Native||2,875|
|Unknown or multiple race||887|
Following is the distribution of the estimated number of diagnoses of AIDS among adults and adolescents by exposure category. A breakdown by sex is provided where appropriate.
|Male-to-male sexual contact||420,790||-||420,790|
|Injection Drug Use||172,351||67,917||240,268|
|Male-to-male sexual contact and injection drug use||59,719||-||59,719|
* Includes hemophilia, blood transfusion, perinatal, and risk not reported or not identified.
The distribution of the estimated number of diagnoses of AIDS among children** by exposure categories follows:
|Exposure Category||# of AIDS Cases|
|Mother with or at risk for HIV infection||8,629|
|Receipt of blood transfusion, blood components, or tissue||390|
|Other/risk not reported or identified||45|
** The term "children" refers to persons under age 13 at the time of diagnosis.
The 10 leading states or territories reporting the highest number of cumulative AIDS cases among residents as of December 2002 are as follows:
|State/Territory||# of Cumulative AIDS Cases|
State-by-state information about new and cumulative AIDS cases, AIDS case rates, persons living with AIDS, AIDS deaths, HIV infections, HIV testing statistics and policies, additional AIDS-related state policies, Ryan White funding and funding for HIV prevention, and AIDS Drug Assistance Programs, including budget, client, and expenditure data from the Kaiser Family Foundation.
According to the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, as of December 2003, the following trends of the worldwide epidemic (or pandemic) of HIV are evident:
For current statistics on the number of reported AIDS cases in North, Central, and South America, please contact the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) which is the regional office for the Americas of the World Health Organization at 525 23rd Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20037, telephone: 202-861-4346.
Other international web sites available are the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).