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HIV Remains Serious Health Issue in U.S, New CDC Statistics Show

The latest CDC estimates of new HIV infections (HIV incidence) in the U.S. indicate that HIV remains a serious health problem, with an estimated 47,500 people becoming newly infected with the virus in 2010.

The data are included in a new CDC report, "Estimated HIV incidence among adults and adolescents in the United States, 2007-2010," updates previously published estimates for 2007-2009.

According to the CDC, HIV incidence has remained relatively stable at about 50,000 infections per year since the mid-1990s.

The new analysis shows there were 53,200 infections in 2007; 47,500 in 2008; 45,000 in 2009; and 47,500 in 2010.

Certain groups, including African Americans, Latinos, and gay and bisexual men of all races/ethnicities, continue to be disproportionately affected by HIV.

The new analysis also finds two noteworthy trends among heavily affected populations, including:

  • early signs of an encouraging decrease in new HIV infections among black women (21 percent decrease between 2008 and 2010); and
  • a troubling and continuing increase in new infections among young gay and bisexual men 22 percent increase was seen between 2008 and 2010.  

To read the report and fact sheet in its entirety, click here.

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