Summary: Young Adults
under the Age of 25 Continue to be at Risk for HIV/AIDS
are rising with 40,000 new cases of HIV diagnosed annually. A
quarter of those infected with HIV donít know it.
According to a 2007 Report
published by the Kaiser Family Foundation, the number of new HIV
infections annually has reached 40,000. Approximately 1.2 million
people are currently living with HIV/AIDS, including more than
400,000 with AIDS. In addition, twenty-five percent of those
infected with HIV do not know it. HIV transmission has changed over
time. Heterosexual transmission accounts for a growing share of new
AIDS cases, rising from 3 percent in 1985 to 31 percent in 2005.
Women also account for a growing share of AIDS diagnoses, rising
from 8 percent in 1985 to 27 percent in 2005. Young people under age
25 are mainly infected through sex and continue to be at risk. Among
youth, teen girls and minorities have been particularly affected. In
2005, teen girls represented 43% of AIDS cases reported among 13-19
Policy Fact Sheet: The HIV/AIDS Epidemic in the United States,
The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, July 2007.