Skip to comments.AIDS Rate for Gay Men Climbs
Posted on 12/02/2004 6:06:42 AM PST by presidio9
The number of newly diagnosed HIV and AIDS cases among gay and bisexual men grew 11% in the four-year period ending in 2003, raising fears of a new outbreak of the disease in a group experts said had become increasingly casual about taking protective measures.
The increase was offset by a decline in new cases among intravenous drug users, so the overall rate increased by 1% over the same period, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Wednesday on World AIDS Day.
The CDC estimates that about 40,000 new HIV infections occur each year in the U.S., and that between 850,000 and 950,000 Americans are living with the disease, with about 280,000 not knowing they are infected, said Dr. Ronald O. Valdiserri, deputy director of the CDC's HIV prevention program. About 18,000 die of AIDS each year in the U.S.
The number of new infections has remained stable since the mid-1990s, when the burgeoning use of anti-HIV drugs lowered virus transmissions and death. But the mark is seen as a setback because the government had set the goal of cutting the rate of new infections in half by 2005.
"We have a ways to go before we reach [that] mark," Valdiserri said in a telephone briefing with reporters.
"It's simply unacceptable that so many people continue to be infected by this virus," said Dr. Julie Gerberding, director of the CDC.
Men who have sex with men bore the initial brunt of the AIDS epidemic and account for 44% of newly diagnosed cases, according to the new data. But complacency brought on by effective AIDS drugs and the time that had elapsed since the initial ravages of the epidemic had led to an increase in unsafe sex practices, officials said.
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Finally, some good news for a change.
One out of every 10 gay men has HIV or AIDS...
Who woulda thought?
Obviously the fault of the Reagan Administration.
</looney lefty logic>
No sympathy here, rump-raiders. You pay your money, you take your chances.
"It's simply unacceptable that so many irresponsible people continue to be infected by this virus,"
Tomorrow's news: Sun comes up ... in the EAST!
It's fear of bush fault.
And men who have sex with teenage boys and "transgendered she-males" account for the remaining 56%.
Pray for W and Our Troops
Writing a story about AIDS is like juggling chain saws. The reasons for the infections are obvious, but the east and left coast liberal elite cannot accept these reasons, because they don't like where it takes them.
Works for me.
Whould'a thunk it?
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