More than 1 million people are living with HIV in the United State. Up to 25% are unaware of it – and may be causing more than half of new infections in the U.S.

Approximately 56,000 new infections occur each year, a 40% increase from previous CDC statistics estimating 40,000 annually.

Up to half of all new infections are not covered by insurance.

34% of all new infections occur in people 29 years old or younger.

In a random test, 79% of people ages 18-24 who tested positive to HIV/AIDS were unaware of their status. In addition, 70% of people ages 25-29 were unaware.

The death rate among those with less than a high school education is approximately 5.5 times the death rate among those with some college.

According to research conducted in 2006, an American diagnosed with the AIDS virus can expect to live for about 24 years at an average cost for treatment in excess of $600,000.

The monthly cost of care is $2,100, of which about two-thirds is spent on medications. That equates to $25,200 a year.

27% of new infections are among women, 73% among men. 80% of new infections in women are heterosexually transmitted.

Approximately 50% of those infected with HIV/AIDS will need housing assistance at some point during their illness.

45% of new infections occur among African Americans, while only representing 13% of the U.S. population.

The death rate related to HIV/AIDS among African Americans is 10 times that of whites.

AIDS is the second leading cause of death in African American men ages 35-44. AIDS is the leading cause of death among black women ages 25-34.

Though Hispanics make up about 14% of the U.S. population, they represent 17% of new HIV/AIDS diagnoses tallied by federal officials in 2006. In major U.S. cities, it is estimated as many as 1 in 4 gay Hispanic men are HIV positive.

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