AIDS & HIV...Maybe Forgotten, Not Gone from the USA!

Cumulative AIDS Cases

The estimated number of diagnoses of AIDS through 2002 in the United States is 886,575. Adult and adolescent AIDS cases total 877,275 with 718,002 cases in males and 159,271 cases in females. Through the same time period, 9,300 AIDS cases were estimated in children under age 13.

The estimated number of deaths of persons with AIDS is 501,669, including 496,354 adults and adolescents, and 5,315 children under age 15.

Cumulative Cases by Age

Of the estimated number of diagnoses of AIDS through December 2002, patients' ages at time of diagnosis were distributed as follows:

  • Under 15: 10,139
  • Ages 15 to 24: 35,460
  • Ages 25 to 34: 301,278
  • Ages 35 to 44: 347,860
  • Ages 45 to 54: 138,386
  • Ages 55 to 64: 40,584
  • Ages 65 or older: 12,868

Cumulative cases by Race/Ethnicity

Estimates numbers of diagnoses of AIDS through December 2002, by race or ethnicity:

  • White (not Hispanic): 364,458
  • Black (not Hispanic): 347,491
  • Hispanic: 163,940
  • Asian/Pacific Islander: 6,924
  • American Indian/Alaska Native: 2,875
  • Race/ethnicity unknown: 887

Cases by Exposure Category

Following is the distribution of the estimated number of diagnoses of AIDS among adults and adolescents by exposure category. A breakdown by sex is provided where appropriate.

Exposure Category Male Female Total
Male to male sexual contact 420,790 --- 420,790
Injection drug use 172,351 67, 917 240,268
Male to male sexual contact and injection drug use 59,719 --- 59,719
Heterosexual (male and female) contact 50,793 84,835 135,628
Hemophilia, blood transfusion, perinatal, and risk not reported or not identified 14,350 6,519 20,869

The distribution of the estimated number of diagnoses of AIDS among children (under age 13 at the time of diagnosis) by exposure categories follows:

  • Hemophilia/coagulation disorder: 236
  • Mother with or at risk for HIV infection: 8,629
  • Receipt of blood transfusion, blood components, or tissue: 390
  • Other/risk not reported or identified: 45

Areas Reporting Most Cases

The 10 leading states or territories reporting the highest number of cumulative AIDS cases among residents as of December 2002 are as follows:

  • New York: 155,755
  • California: 128064
  • Florida: 90,233
  • Texas: 59,772
  • New Jersey: 45,237
  • Illinois: 28,426
  • Pennsylvania: 28,136
  • Puerto Rico: 27,242
  • Georgia: 26,008
  • Maryland: 25,358
Source: Centers for Disease Control (www.CDC.gov)


Last Editorial Review: 12/9/2004



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