Some Progress, but Lots of Work Ahead

New CDC numbers show signs of progress against HIV/AIDS in the US—including among gay and bisexual men and black men who have sex with men, 2 groups long affected disproportionately. However, the improvements did not extend to gay and bisexual men ages 25-34 and gay Latinos of all ages.
The Numbers, between 2008 and 2014:

  • Estimated infections fell from 45,700 to 37,600
  • 36% decline in HIV diagnoses in heterosexuals
  • 56% drop  in IV-drug users
  • Diagnoses among gay and bisexual men ages 25-34 rose 35%, from 7,200 to 9,700
  • Diagnoses up 20% from 6,100 to 7,300 among gay and bisexual Latino males

The agency attributed the progress, presented yesterday at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Seattle, to enhanced public education, better treatment, and syringe exchange services.
Source: The Washington Post

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