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U.S. Fact Sheet
Adolescents & Young Adults with HIV

January 1999


Young People with AIDS: New Cases

Adolescents (13-19 Years Old)

Young People 20-24 Years

AIDS Incidence Estimates: 13-19 Years and 20-24 Years(1)

Young People with AIDS: Cumulative Numbers

Adolescents (13-19 Years Old)

Young People (20-24 Years Old)

Deaths from AIDS in young people(1)

A total of 8,250 young people aged 15 to 24 have died from AIDS in the U.S. since the beginning of the epidemic through June 1998. Of the 8,250 total young people who have died, 3,550 (43%) have been African American; 2,898 (35%) have been Caucasian; 1,730 (21%) have been Hispanic, 37 (0.5%) have been Asian/Pacific Islander; and 28 (0.3%) have been American Indian/Alaska native.

Young People with New HIV Infection* (Not AIDS)**(1)

*Note: 31 states report confidential HIV infection reports; these are not complete national numbers.

** HIV infection cases do not include people who have developed AIDS.

Adolescents (13-19 Years Old)

Young Adults (20-24 Years Old)

Study on HIV Infection Rates in a Group of Disadvantaged Out-of-School Youth(4)

More Information on HIV/AIDS in Young People 13-24 Years Old


  1. HIV/AIDS Surveillance Reports, Mid-year 1998 Edition, Vol.10, No.1; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for HIV, STD and TB Prevention Atlanta GA 30333; December 1998.

  2. CDC Fact sheet on the HIV/AIDS Epidemic in the United States, 1997-1998.

  3. Trends in the HIV and AIDS Epidemic, 1998: Trends in HIV Diagnoses in 25 States. CDC, June 1998.

  4. National Data on HIV Prevalence Among Disadvantaged Youth in the 1990's, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, August 1998. Also published in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes and Human Retrovirology (JAIDS), September 1998.

  5. December 1998 - Update from UNAIDS.


Reports and Recommendations

Other Resources, Reading and Links Regarding Treatment


Reports and Recommendations

Young people around the world find themselves vulnerable to HIV for many reasons:(5)


For Further Reference or Assistance

Fact sheet compiled by Catherine Briggs, MD MPH

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