It’s our responsibility to learn more about HIV and how to prevent it to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and friends. We can all start doing it by:
- Educating ourselves on the basics about HIV/AIDS, including information on how to protect ourselves and others.
- Talking about what we learn with our loved ones and people who are important to us.
- Empowering even more people by sharing the HIV Basics and our new knowledge with our social media followers.
Whether it’s a conversation, text, social media post—we must talk to each other about HIV and how we can prevent it.
Facts about HIV/AIDS in Your Community
- About 1.1 million people in the United Statesa have HIV. Of those people, 1 in 7 don’t know they have the virus.
- In 2017, 38,739 people received an HIV diagnosis in the United States and dependent areas.b
- In 2017, youth aged 13 to 24 made up 21% of all new HIV diagnoses.
HIV can affect anyone regardless of sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, gender or age. However, certain groups based on their sexual orientation, gender, race/ethnicity, and age are at higher risk for HIV and merit special consideration because of particular risk factors. Find out more about HIV prevention challenges by group.
a In the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
b American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, the Republic of Palau, and the US Virgin Islands.
- Page last reviewed: June 4, 2019
- Page last updated: June 4, 2019
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