• AIDS cases among different age groups. Untitled The Table and Figures 1 & 2 below show that HIV infection and AIDS disproportionately affect those in the 25-44 year old age group; affecting mostly men (see Figure). Visit the different subsections below for overviews and pictographic presentation of AIDS in the different age group brackets.
    It should be noted that there are a significant proportion of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) well above 45 years old, including a sizable population of senior citizens. The population of PLWHA >45 yo is even much greater than the combined population of AIDS cases among children and adolescents (examine Table and Figures 1 & 2). A great proportion of the older population living with HIV/AIDS were a result of earlier HIV infection (due to long term incubation before the progression to full-blown AIDS). Many are long-term survivors who have managed the disease through aggressive antiretroviral therapy and management of AIDS-related opportunistic infections. However, a significant proportion are new cases of HIV infection among the elderly (see Figure 2).

    Cumulative AIDS Cases by Age (Dec. 2000)
    AGE# of Cumulative AIDS Cases
    Under 5:6,872
    Ages5 to 12: 2,036
    Ages 13 to 19: 4,061
    Ages 20 to 24: 27,232
    Ages 25 to 29: 101,494
    Ages 30 to 34: 172,310
    Ages 35 to 39: 173,512
    Ages 40 to 44: 128,177
    Ages 45 to 49: 74,724
    Ages 50 to 54: 39,625
    Ages 55 to 59: 21,685
    Ages 60 to 64: 12,023
    Ages 65 or older: 10,711

    Source: Untitled Divisions of HIV/AIDS Prevention
    a division of Untitled Center for Disease Control and Prevention

    Figure 1
    Untitled AIDS Cases by Age and Sex, Reported 1981-1999 (US)36

    Figure 2
    Untitled Age at Diagnosis of HIV Infection or AIDS, Reported through 1999 (US)36

    Untitled Visit CDC Slide Sets for the latest, as well as the slides links and other links included below for more detailed graphical and descriptive analysis of AIDS in the United States.