HIV Statistics


More people than ever are living with HIV in the UK and each year new infections occur. These statistics provide a snapshot of the HIV epidemic in the UK and abroad.

People living with HIV in the UK

  • Image titleOver 103,000 people are living with HIV in the UK
  • 17% of people with HIV in the UK are undiagnosed
  • About two thirds of people living with HIV are men and a third are women
  • Over 60% of people living with HIV and accessing care are aged between 35 and 54, but there are significant numbers both of young people and older people now living with HIV

The latest figures for 2014 show:

  • 6,151 new HIV diagnoses
  • The two groups most affected remain gay and bisexual men and black African heterosexuals – over 70% of people diagnosed with HIV in 2014 were among these two groups
  • 3,360 new HIV diagnoses among men who have sex with men — the highest number ever recorded in a year
  • 2,490 new HIV diagnoses were acquired heterosexually and over half of them probably acquired their infection in the UK
  • 2 in 5 adults newly diagnosed with HIV in 2014 were diagnosed late (after the point at which treatment should have begun)

All figures from the Health Protection Agency.  For more detailed statistics, please visit the NAT website.

[Please note: due to a change in their methodology, Public Health England have revised their estimates of the number of people living with HIV in the UK. The 2013 estimate has been reduced from over 107,000 to 100,000, meaning that the figure for 2014 still represents an increase in the number of people living with HIV.]

International statistics

People living with HIV globally

  • Image title36.9 million people living with HIV worldwide
  • 17.1 million do not know they have the virus
  • 15.8 million people living with HIV globally are accessing antiretroviral therapy
  • Around 22 million people with HIV do not have access to treatment
  • The number of new HIV infections has declined globally by 35% since 2000
  • 1.2 million AIDS-related deaths in 2014

New HIV cases around the globe in 2014

  • 2 million people were newly infected with HIV worldwide in 2014
  • Around 5,479 new HIV infections a day
  • 220,000 new HIV infections among children

All global figures from UNAIDS


People who are on effective HIV treatment, with an undetectable viral load for least six months can not pass the virus on. NAT is lobbying the NHS to allow people to start treatment early if they want to, in order to prevent transmission.

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