HIV Statistics

As of 2019, there were an estimated 38 million people living with HIV worldwide.

In 2019, there are approximately 28, 918 people living with HIV across Australia, and NSW is home to approximately 11, 721 people living with HIV.

Women make up just over 11% of all people living with HIV in Australia, with an estimated 3, 350 women living with HIV.

In 2019, almost one in four new HIV diagnoses were attributed to heterosexual sexual activity.

HIV notification rates among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are twice the rate of non-indigenous people.

Sexual activity between men is the most common route of HIV transmission in Australia which made up 63% of notifications in 2017, with an estimated HIV prevalence of 8.1% among gay and bisexual men in Australia in 2018.

While HIV transmission rate among Australian born men who have sex with men (MSM) has steadily declined by 21% over the last 10 years (2007-2017)  other populations continue to be increasingly affected by HIV such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, overseas-born MSM, transgender women and women. 

Useful HIV data reports

HIV Data Dashboard – Kirby Institute

Annual Surveillance Data Reports – Kirby Institute

National Quarterly Reports – Kirby Institute

NSW HIV Surveillance Data Reports – NSW Health

Eighth National HIV Strategy 2018-2022

NSW HIV Strategy 2021-2025

NSW HIV Strategy 2016-2020

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Support
housing support for people living with HIV
Ageing Support
Treatments and Managing your HIV