GOOD NEWS/BAD NEWS

Why We Have No Reason To Celebrate HIV Rates Dropping In America

blood_packetWhich do you want first, the good news or the bad news?

We’ll start with the good. A new study released by the Journal of the American Medical Association ahead of the start of the International AIDS Conference shows that the rate of HIV diagnosis in the United States has decreased by a third over the last ten years.

The Associated Press reports:

“16 out of every 100,000 people ages 13 and older were newly diagnosed with HIV in 2011, a steady decline from 24 out of 100,000 people in 2002.”

Decreased rate of infection was observed in “men, women, whites, blacks, Hispanics, heterosexuals, injection drug users, and most age groups.”

This was a major study incorporating data spanning over a decade, making these results more solid than any other study looking at HIV trends.

Which is why the bad news is so bad.

Among gay and bisexual men, the number of HIV diagnoses  is on the rise.

President Bill Clinton, UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé and artist and activist Sir Bob Geldof will be among the high-level speakers who will join thousands of the world’s top AIDS researchers, community leaders, people living with HIV and policy-makers at this years International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia.

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h/t Gay Star News