According to UNAIDS 34.0 million people were living with HIV at the end of 2011 and 2.5 million people became newly infected with HIV infection in 2011 including children. This is a 20% lower rate than in 2001. The number of deaths related to AIDS continues to decline due to antiretroviral therapy and a decline in HIV incidence.

The vast majority of people with HIV and AIDS live in lower and middle income countries. But HIV is a threat to men, women, and children on all continents around the world.

Since the beginning of the HIV and AIDS epidemic, well over half a million people died of AIDS in America. The CDC estimates that 1.1 million people in the United States are living with HIV and nearly one in five of those are not aware that they are infected. Half of new infections are transmitted by people who do not know they are infected.


Approximately 1 in 3000 Americans are currently infected with HIV/AIDS

HIV/AIDS CAN be passed through:

  • Sexual transmission (oral, vaginal or anal sex)
  • Sharing needles, syringes or piercing equipment
  • Contact with infected blood, semen, or vaginal fluids

HIV/AIDS can NOT be passed along by:

  • Casual contact (brushing up against someone, holding hands, etc)
  • Insect bites or stings
  • Toilet seats
  • High Fives
  • Hugging or dry kissing

Be responsible! Remember to always use a condom and get tested often.

The Health Center at Auraria offers free confidential HIV testing.

On Campus Resources

Health Center at Auraria

Additional Resources

Colorado AIDS Project 
303.837.0166 Free, Confidential, rapid HIV testing

Denver’s Office of HIV Resources