HIV Information and Statistics

Information and Statistics about HIV infection rates in Washington, DC and around the globe

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection is still one of the world’s most significant infectious diseases, with around 36.7 million people living with HIV at the end of 2015; 1.8 million of these are children < 15 years (World Health Organization (WHO)-HIV Department June 15, 2016 report). Only 60% of people living with HIV know that they are infected. While the WHO has recommended a “treat all” approach, so that all people diagnosed with HIV should be started on antiretroviral therapy (ART), around 54% of HIV infected adults and 51% of children worldwide are still not on ART. However, advances in the prevention and care continuum have led to reductions in new infections, and the UNAIDS has rolled out a “90-90-90” plan, an ambitious treatment target to help end the AIDS epidemic. This plan proposes that by 2020, 90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status; 90% of all people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained ART; and 90% of all people receiving ART will have viral suppression.

Infographic courtesy of the Brumme/Brockman labs at Simon Fraser University and Terry Howard of GlassHouse Consultants, Vancouver, Canada.

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