Colorado at a glance:

Public worry about HIV and AIDS has diminished as the disease is seen as more manageable with new therapies. But we’re still seeing some 400 new cases each year; that has not changed a whole lot.
— Melanie Mattson, Colorado State Health Department
  • There are over 12,000 people known to be living with HIV/AIDS in Colorado.  (AIDSVu)
  • 1 in 7 people living with HIV/AIDS are unaware of their status. (CDC)
  • 32% of new HIV diagnosis in Colorado are youth ages 20-29. (Colorado Dept. of Health)
  • The rate of black females living with an HIV diagnosis is 16.8 times that of white females in Colorado.  (AIDSVu)

United States at a glance:

  • It is estimated that approximately 37,600 people became newly infected with HIV last year.  (CDC)
  • 1.1 million people are living with HIV/AIDS and 1 in 7 people living with HIV/AIDS are unaware of their status.  (CDC)
  • From 2008 to 2014, the estimated number of annual HIV infections declined 18%.
  • Southern states bear the greatest burden of HIV, accounting for 50% of new infections in 2014. (UNAIDS)
  • Gay and bisexual men, particularly young African American gay and bisexual men, are most affected. (CDC)

Global statistics:

  • It is estimated that there are 36.7 million people living with HIV/AIDS worldwide, including 1.8 million children.  (UNAIDS)
  • 1.1 million people died of AIDS in 2015. (UNAIDS)
  • Sub-Saharan Africa remains most heavily affected by HIV/AIDS.  The region accounts for 70% of all people living with HIV and had over 2.6 million people infected last year. (UNAIDS)
  • Since the beginning of the epidemic, it is estimated that approximately 39 million people worldwide have died from AIDS. (UnAIDS)
  • An estimated 2.1 million individuals worldwide became newly infected with HIV in 2015. (UNAIDS)
  • Currently only 60% of people with HIV know their status. The remaining 40% (over 14 million people) still need to access HIV testing services. (UNAIDS)
  • Elimination of mother-to-child transmission is becoming a reality.  In 2015, 8 out of 10 pregnant women living with HIV received antiretroviral medications worldwide.  (World Health Organization)

Youth Statistics:

  • CDC estimates there are more than 50,000 new cases of HIV in the U.S. annually; half of these are people under 25 years of age. (CDC)
  • Young people account for 50% of all new sexually transmitted infections. (CDC)
  • Unique factors that place youth at risk - insufficient screening, confidentiality concerns, lack of access to healthcare, lack of preventative education, multiple sex partners.


  • Daily PrEP reduces the risk of getting HIV from sex by more than 90%.  (CDC)
  • Pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, is a prevention option for people who are at high risk of getting HIV.
  • It’s meant to be used consistently, as a pill taken every day, and to be used with other prevention methods such as condoms.
  • PrEP uses some of the same antiretroviral medications given to people already living with HIV.

Statistics taken from the following websites:
Colorado AIDS Project  
Center for Disease Controls and Prevention 
World Health Organization