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The following data represent the cumulative totals of reported AIDS cases in California. Included are the total number of reported AIDS cases, and the number of reported AIDS cases by demographic category in California.

Total Reported AIDS Cases

  • In California, the cumulative number of reported AIDS cases from the beginning of the epidemic in 1981 through 1996, is 98,157.
  • 9,610 cases were reported in California in the past year.

Reported AIDS Cases By Race/Ethnicity


  • In California, the cumulative total number of reported AIDS cases among the following populations is:

White, not Hispanic-
(63.42% of the total case count.)
(16.05% of the total case count.)
(18.00% of the total case count.)
Asian/Pacific Islander-
(1.95% of the total case count.)
American Indian/Alaskan Native-
(0.41% of the total case count.)

Reported AIDS Cases By Gender

  • In California, 6.51% of the total number of reported AIDS cases are among Women.

Reported AIDS Cases By Age

    In California, the percentage of the cumulative total number of reported AIDS cases among the following age groups is:


Adolescent and Young Adults-





* Data in this summary was compiled by AIDS Action Council. Epidemiological data was provided by the Centers for Disease Control. Funding amounts were provided by the appropriate federal agency, and are from the most current fiscal year that state-by-state data is available.


The State of California received a total of $428,709,915 in federal funding for AIDS programs in FY 1996.


  • In FY 1996, $43,023,045 was provided to California by the CDC for prevention programs. These funds were allocated to state and local health departments and community-based organizations to finance counseling and testing programs, public information and health education/risk reduction activities, and for monitoring the epidemic (AIDS case surveillance programs).


1. Ryan White CARE Act

  • In FY 1996, $140,556,970 was provided to California by the Health Resources and Services Administration for health care and supportive services for people living with AIDS (PLWAs) under the Ryan White CARE Act.

Title I -- $86,871,274
-- Emergency funds for care services to the following metropolitan areas: Los Angeles $26,313,561; Oakland $4,741,596; Orange County $3,482,993; Riverside/San Bernardino $4,687,432; Sacramento $2,463,814; San Diego $6,592,104; San Francisco $35,172,274; San Jose $2,275,044; and Santa Rosa/Petaluma $1,142,456.

Title II -- $36,282,354
-- Funds to state health depts. for medical and support services for PLWAs $27,867,193. - AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP), funding for the purchase of HIV/AIDS prescription drugs $8,415,161.

Title IIIb -- $5,818,380
-- Funds to community-based clinics and migrant health clinics to provide outpatient early intervention and primary medical services for PLWAs.

Title IV -- $1,987,290
-- Funds to support pediatric, adolescent, and family HIV care programs.

Title V --
-- Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS)- $5,499,194
-- AIDS Education and Training Center (AETC) Programs- $3,055,267
-- HIV/AIDS Dental Reimbursement Program- $1,043,211

2. Housing Opportunities for People With AIDS (HOPWA)

  • In FY 1996, $25,205,000 in formula allocations and $4,964,866 in competitive grants were provided to California by the Department of Housing and Urban Development under Housing Opportunities for People With AIDS (HOPWA) program. HOPWA provides for HIV-specific housing programs, 90% through formula grants, and the remaining 10% on a competitive basis to projects of national significance.


National Institutes of Health (NIH)

  • In FY 1996, the NIH allocated $214,960,034 to universities and other institutions in California to conduct AIDS research.

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1875 Connecticut Avenue, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20009
fax 986-1345

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This article was provided by AIDS Action Council.