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Global HIV and AIDS statistics

2014 global HIV statistics

HIV continues to be a major global public health issue. Since 2000, 38.1 million people have become infected with HIV and 25.3 million people have died of AIDS-related illnesses.1

In 2014, an estimated 36.9 million people were living with HIV (including 2.6 million children) – a global HIV prevalence of 0.8%.2 The vast majority of this number live in low- and middle- income countries. In the same year, 1.2 million people died of AIDS-related illnesses.3

25.8 million people living with HIV are in sub-Saharan Africa, accounting for 70% of the global total.4 Only 54% of all people living with HIV know that they have the virus.5

In 2014, there were roughly 2 million new HIV infections, 220,000 of which were among children. Most of these children live in sub-Saharan Africa and were infected via their HIV-positive mothers during pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding.6

Funding needed for the global HIV response by 2015


Despite these challenges, new global efforts have meant that the number of people receiving HIV treatment has increased dramatically in recent years, particularly in resource-poor countries.

As of March 2015, 15 million people living with HIV were receiving antiretroviral treatment (including 823,000 children) - representing 41% of those in need. 13.5 million of these people were in low- and middle- income countries.7

59% of people living with HIV are still not receiving treatment

Significant progress has also been made in the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT). In 2014, 73% of all pregnant women living with HIV accessed treatment to prevent HIV transmission to their babies.8


In 2014, an estimated $20.2 billion was made available for HIV programmes in low- and middle- income countries.9 Rising numbers of new HIV infections in many countries means that by the end of 2015, $22-24 billion will be needed.10

$22-24 billion is needed for the global HIV response by 2015

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Last updated:
10 August 2016
Last full review:
02 October 2015