The Legacy

Nicky, (1991)

The Bath, 1989

In 2020, there were 37.7 million [30.2 million–45.1 million] people living with HIV. 36.0 million [28.9 million–43.2 million] adults. 1.7 million [1.2 million–2.2 million] children (0–14 years). 53% of all people living with HIV were women and girls.  AIDS orphans: 16.5 million children worldwide have lost their mother, father or both parents due to HIV / AIDS. Around 13.7 million AIDS orphans live in sub-Saharan Africa alone.


In 1994, the mortality rate for HIV-infected children and youth younger than 21 years of age in the United States was 7.2 deaths per 100 person years (a rate based on the number of children in the study and the total number of years each child was followed).

(Reference CDC, UNAIDS)

Glenn was a personal friend and represented the first wave of
the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States among gay men. According to the CDC  there have been approximately 658,507 deaths attributed to AIDS diagnosed cases.


The first cases of what would later become known as AIDS were reported in the United States (U.S.) in June of 1981. Today, there are more than 1.2 million people living with HIV in the U.S. and there are more than 35,000 new infections each year. 2 More than 700,000 people in the U.S. have died from HIV-related illness.

  • HIV continues to have a disproportionate impact on certain populations, particularly racial and ethnic minorities, gay and bisexual men and other men who have sex with men and transgender women.

  • HIV testing is important for both treatment and prevention efforts. Yet, 13% of those with HIV are unaware they are infected.

  • 28.2 million people were accessing antiretroviral therapy as of 30 June 2021.

  • 37.7 million [30.2 million–45.1 million] people globally were living with HIV in 2020.

  • 1.5 million [1.0 million–2.0 million] people became newly infected with HIV in 2020.

  • 680 000 [480 000–1.0 million] people died from AIDS-related illnesses in 2020. 

  • 79.3 million [55.9 million–110 million] people have become infected with HIV since the start of the epidemic.

  • 36.3 million [27.2 million–47.8 million] people have died from AIDS-related illnesses since the start of the epidemic.