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.
  • 1 in 5 people living with HIV/AIDS are unaware of their status.
  • 32% of new HIV diagnosis in Colorado are youth ages 20-29.

United States at a glance:

  • Estimates from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) indicate that there are over 56,300 new infections of HIV each year in the United States.
  • 1.2 million people living with HIV /AIDS.
  • The rate of new infections has not gone down in 10 years. New infection rates continue to increase in men who have sex with men (MSM), youth and the African American populations

Global statistics:

  • It is estimated that there are 33.3 million people living with HIV/AIDS worldwide.
  • Every 7 seconds someone new is diagnosed with HIV.
  • Over 1.8 million people die from HIV/AIDS annually.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa remains most heavily affected by HIV, accounting for 68% of all people living with HIV and has over 2.6 million people infected each year.
  • North America has the 3rd highest number of people living with HIV/AIDS in the world
  • Since the beginning of the epidemic, it is estimated that approximately 39 million people worldwide have died from AIDS.

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.
  • Young people account for 50% of all new sexually transmitted infections.
  • Unique factors that place youth at risk - insufficient screening, confidentiality concerns, lack of access to healthcare, lack of preventative education, multiple sex partners.


  • 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 options such as condoms.
  • These are some of the same medicines used to keep the virus under control in people who are already living with HIV.

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