STUDY: CDC Report Shows HIV Infection In Gay Men On The Rise

Incidence-fact-sheet-figure2There’s good and bad news from a report on HIV infection released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The annual number of new infections in the U.S. has remained stable despite continued increases in the number of people living with HIV, which according to the CDC, “[indicates] that HIV testing, treatment and prevention programs are making an important impact. But infections rates persist “at far too high a level,” according to the Atlanta-based organization.

Some key findings in the CDC’s HIV Supplemental Surveillance Report:

* Overall, the number of new HIV infections in the United States has remained stable at about  50,000 per year over the last decade. (In 2010, there were 47,500 new infections.)

* This is the first CDC incidence report to show a statistically significant decline in new infections among African American women (21% comparing 2008 to 2010). However African American women continue to represent the majority (64%) of new infections among women

* New infections among young gay and bisexual men (ages 13-24) continued to rise sharply (by 22% comparing 2008 to 2010)

* Young, black gay and bisexual men continue to bear the heaviest burden and now account for more new infections than any other subgroup – a total of 4,800 in 2010

* Gay and bisexual men represent 2% of the U.S. population but a majority (63%) of new HIV infections, and the number of new infections in this group increased 12% comparing 2008 to 2010

* African Americans represent 14% of the U.S. population but almost half (44%) of new infections; the number of new infections remained stable comparing 2008 to 2010

* Latinos represent 16% of the U.S. population but 21% of new infections; the number of new infections remained stable comparing 2008 to 2010

Examining data from 2010, the study provides the most up-to-date picture of the U.S. HIV epidemic.

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  • John Doe

    NOT surprising at all unfortunately.

    Look at what videos porn companies are producing and how naive people are concerning HIV.

  • viveutvivas

    It is because the AIDS crisis is over for the rich white gay men who contribute to the gay organizations who have left AIDS activism on the back burner. They are putting all their resources into marriage and ignoring the life and death problems of the young, the minorities, and the poor people – they are more interested in ridding their gentrified neighborhoods of these “elements” than helping them.

  • londonbridge

    Like many I’m healthy and have been positive for 23 years. While this is good news,
    it has opened the door for complacency with some. As healthy as I may feel, it will
    kill me eventually. I suppose you can argue may things can, but why give the Grim
    Reaper a head start?

  • Dionte

    And people look at me funny when I say I’ve been abstinent for over 6 years, be telling me I need to have sex lol. No thank you.

  • the other Greg

    @Dionte: Uh… you have HEARD of condoms, haven’t you?

  • longpastdue

    unfortunately I have to say I like many others have been tempted by the “condom-free,” attitude but fortunately I have read enough numbers like this to know better. The sad part is as @londonbridge: said, to many people these days simply think that hiv is no big deal. I personally think that the way to do it is to advertise “super aids,” cause that sounds far more scary than MDR HIV-1.

  • Someguy

    BB porn is so hot. Till facial wasting kicks in. The porn perpetrators should be ashamed. Wrap it up.

  • Wilberforce

    The community has never taken HIV seriously. I think it’s because they’re full of internalized homophobia.
    Ironically, we could stop the spread in three seconds by setting adult standards.
    But nothing will be done about it. Self hatred has been a fixture in the gay character for thirty years. And it isn’t going anywhere.

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