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New stats debuted at the CDC’s National HIV Prevention Conference in Atlanta this week and over the last decade new HIV and AIDS cases are down overall. But, even with the CDC headquarters in the South, the region continues to be the most effected. Why?
Do these stats from the latest HIV/AIDS Surveillance Report mean anything to you?
-In 2014, males accounted for 81% of all diagnoses of HIV/AIDS infection among adults and adolescents
– From 2010 through 2014, among male adults and adolescents, the annual number of diagnosed HIV infections attributed to male-to-male sexual contact increased.
-From 2010 through 2013, the estimated number of persons in the United States living with diagnosed HIV infection increased . At the end of 2013, an estimated 933,941 persons in the United States were living with diagnosed HIV/AIDS infection.
-At the end of 2013, an estimated 516,401 persons in the United States were living with infection ever classified as stage 3 (AIDS).
-From 2010 through 2014, the HIV infection rate for persons aged 25–29 years increased. In 2014, the highest infection rate was for persons aged 25–29 years old, followed by the rate for persons aged 20–24 years.
-At the end of 2013, the highest rate and the largest percentage of AIDS infections were those among persons aged 50–54 years, followed by persons aged 45–49.
-From 2010 through 2014, the rates for American Indians/Alaska Natives and Asians increased. The rates for blacks/African Americans, Native Hawaiians/other Pacific Islanders, and persons of multiple races decreased. The rates for Hispanics/Latinos and whites remained stable.
– From 2005 to 2010, Survival was greatest among persons residing in the West, followed by those in the Northeast and the Midwest. Survival was lowest in the South.
READ MORE: CDC HIV/AIDS Surveillance Report 2014
Reuters indicates from a conversation with Dr. Jonathan Mermin at the the CDC that persons of color are doing better but not in the clear when it comes to new diagnoses:
“Over the last decade, new HIV infections increased by 24 percent among Latino gay and bisexual men but fell by 18 percent among their white counterparts.
Diagnoses also rose by 22 percent among black gay and bisexual men but leveled off since 2010. Younger black gay and bisexual males, ages 13 to 24, had an 87 percent increase in new HIV infections, but that too leveled off and even declined slightly after 2010.
Southern U.S. states, home to a third of the country’s population, accounted for 44 percent of its HIV-infected individuals in 2012. And HIV patients in those states died at three times the rate of people living with HIV in other parts of the country.”