New HIV Infections In U.S. Hold Steady At 50,000

NEW YORK -- The number of Americans infected with the AIDS virus each year has been holding steady at about 50,000, according to a government report released Wednesday.

For many years, U.S. health officials put the annual number of new HIV infections at 40,000. But three years ago, they said their estimate had been too low. Using new methods and a better blood test, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revised their estimate higher, to roughly 56,300 new infections in 2006.

The latest CDC report used the new methods to look at trends over four years, and found that there were about 50,000 new infections each year from 2006-2009.

Gay and bisexual men account for the majority of the new cases - nearly two-thirds in 2009. The only increase over the four years was in young gay and bisexual men, driven by a 48 percent increase among blacks ages 13 to 29.

The annual number of new infections peaked at 130,000 in the mid-1980s, said Dr. Kevin Fenton, the AIDS prevention chief for the CDC. He said the report presented a mixed picture. While new infections have plateaued, "stability is not acceptable" and the increase in young men is worrisome, he said.

The CDC report was published Wednesday in the journal PLoS One. The figures were calculated from data from 16 states and two cities. Estimating new infections is complicated; it can take many years for an infection to cause symptoms and illness. The new blood test can tell how recent an infection occurred.

About 1.1 million Americans are living with the AIDS virus in the U.S. now. So the fact that the number of infections is stable is a "bit of good news," Fenton said.

"In a sense, we are holding HIV incidence at bay," he said.

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  • by Anonymous on Aug 6, 2011 at 06:52 PM
    thanks for not posting my remarks and affirming my belief that you are afraid of the truth as well as those on the left
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Aug 3, 2011 at 04:01 PM
    Ever notice that when a story makes this on WITN or any don't hear them defending gay marriage or lifestyle....I thought the liberals were for protecting people...wrong...they really think ole Skippy is just skipping along without a care in the world....until you point out how sad the death the suffer when the disease kills someone. Its sad they see this as an alternative as two I have known in my life fell to the disease....its painfull on family and friends to watch someone die from a life choice that was not good.
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      by G-Virus on Aug 4, 2011 at 12:00 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
      I guess all the heterosexuals who have died of AIDS made that choice too? Your bigotry towards homosexuals is appalling. Homosexuality has occured since time immemorial with humans and exists in the animal kindgom as well.
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        by Obama Snake Oil Co on Aug 9, 2011 at 05:36 AM in reply to G-Virus
        Thank you! Nice compliment. Good luck with that justification thing...
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      by anon. on Aug 5, 2011 at 05:07 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
      smoking, cancer, diabetes, texting/drinking while driving, yeah death happens.
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        by Obama Snake Oil co on Aug 9, 2011 at 05:37 AM in reply to anon.
        Yes, thank you, that would be correct. I suggest you go to a hospital and observe the type of death these people die of. Then maybe you will open you eyes.
  • by I Fought the Law on Aug 3, 2011 at 12:11 PM
    The liberal minded keep promoting gay rights and gay marriage and free birth control pills. And health care costs as a result of all this liberal thinking keeps going up.....brillant just brillant.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Aug 3, 2011 at 11:20 AM
    But that cannot be, gay lifestyle is so innocent, why its happy and gay! This has been my point all along and you want to guess who is paying for the meds? This is why I am against promoting the lifestyle, facts and truth are out there, its dangerous. 26 thousand die every year from this joyous lifestyle. 1.3 million die every year worldwide due to this fun and joyous way of living. It is also running up healthcare debt in Ca so high, it has the highest debt in the country. But I am not that diversified to accept it like the kids these days. But keep painting that picture rosey!
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      by anon. on Aug 5, 2011 at 05:06 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
      considering HIV affects heterosexual people as well, i guess we should denounce straight marriage too.
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        by Obama Snake Oil Co on Aug 9, 2011 at 05:39 AM in reply to anon.
        Nice theory, too bad the facts don't support it. Check with the CDC.

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