Detailed stats on AIDS in America

>> Detailed Study on Spread of H.I.V. in U.S. – NYTimes.com

An unusually detailed study of people newly infected with H.I.V. in the United States has confirmed that the majority of new cases occur among gay and bisexual men and that blacks are most at risk. But the data show that whites and blacks tend to be infected at different times in their lives with the virus that causes AIDS.

Most new infections of white gay and bisexual men occur whn the men are in their 30s and 40s, the study found, while black gay and bisexual men are more likely to be infected in their teens and 20s. The results were reported on Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

According to the CDC:

A new analysis was published in the September 12, 2008 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) [2], which provides a more in-depth look at HIV incidence in specific U.S. populations.” For the first time, CDC was able to provide detailed breakdowns of new HIV infections by race/ethnicity1, gender, route of transmission, and age. These findings will allow CDC and its partners to target HIV prevention efforts and to evaluate their impact with more precision than ever before.

The new analysis underscores the severe impact of HIV among gay and bisexual men of all races and ethnicities, African Americans, and Hispanics/Latinos. It also shows us that, within these groups, the impact is most severe among young black gay and bisexual men, white gay and bisexual men in their 30s and 40s, and black women.

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~ by h.e.g. on September 16, 2008.

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