According to California HIV/AIDS Statistics from the Center for AIDS Research, Education & Services, an estimated 190,000 people were living with HIV in the state of California as of April 30, 2009, including all of those with and without AIDS.
The number of residents in LA County living with HIV/AIDS continues to increase. It is now estimated that more than 62,000 people are infected with HIV and AIDS, and over 1 in 5 of that number is not aware they are infected. i
Estimate of HIV-Positive Unaware Persons in Los Angeles County (2008-2010): 0.1% people <13 years of age, 3.3% people 13-19 years of age, 30.4% people 20-29 years of ageii
36.7% of all HIV-positive unaware persons in Los Angeles County (total 12,791), reside in the Metro area of Los Angelesiii
2010 case study reports that 1,685 people, ages 13-24, are living with HIV and AIDS in Los Angeles County and are not in care as defined by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)iv
Among age groups, youth (13-24) are more likely to be out of care than any other ages (58.2%)v
A study titled Young Men Taking Charge found that many Latino and African American young men are more likely to continue successful HIV care when counseled by a culturally sensitive case manager.
Nearly 3 out of 4 Latinos say they did not know they were infected until very late in the course of the disease—within 12 months of their AIDS diagnosis.