CDC: HIV Infections Stabilized Between 2006 and 2009

However, infections increased for young men who have sex with men

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 3 (HealthDay News) -- The annual number of new HIV infections in the United States was relatively stable between 2006 and 2009; however, infections increased among young men who have sex with men (MSM), especially black MSM, according to a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention national HIV incidence surveillance assessment published online Aug. 3 in PLoS One.

The report revealed that the rate of HIV infections in the United States remained stable at approximately 50,000 new infections each year between 2006 and 2009, with 48,600 new HIV infections in 2006; 56,000 in 2007; 47,800 in 2008; and 48,100 in 2009.

However, HIV infections increased among young MSM during the period, driven by substantial increases among young, black MSM. MSM accounted for most new HIV infections in 2009 (61 percent; 29,300). Young MSM (ages 13 to 29) were most severely affected, representing 27 percent of new infections in 2009. The greatest number of new infections was among white MSM (11,400) and black MSM (10,800) in 2009, followed by Hispanic MSM (6,000) and black women (5,400). Blacks represented 44 percent of new HIV infections in 2009, nearly eight times as high as that of whites.

"More than 30 years into the HIV epidemic, about 50,000 people in this country still become infected each year. Not only do men who have sex with men continue to account for most new infections, young gay and bisexual men are the only group in which infections are increasing, and this increase is particularly concerning among young African-American MSM," CDC Director Thomas Frieden, M.D., said in a statement. "HIV infections can be prevented. By getting tested, reducing risky behaviors, and getting treatment, people can protect themselves and their loved ones."

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