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Increase Seen in HIV Diagnoses Among Young Men

New diagnoses among young men who have sex with men rose 12 percent in five years

THURSDAY, July 3 (HealthDay News) -- Data from 33 states on new HIV diagnoses shows that from 2001 to 2006 there was a 12 percent rise in diagnoses among men who have sex with men (MSM) in the 13 to 24 age group, according to a report published in the June 27 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Andrew Mitsch, and colleagues at the CDC's National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention in Atlanta, report that there were an estimated 214,379 diagnoses of HIV/AIDS made in 33 states during the study period, and that of these, 97,577 (46 percent) were in MSM.

Whereas all other transmission categories saw a decrease in diagnoses, there was an increase among MSM, notably among young black men in whom diagnoses were up 14.9 percent versus 9.4 percent for whites and 7.9 percent for Hispanics.

"To reduce the impact of HIV/AIDS in the United States, HIV prevention services that aim to reduce the risk for acquiring and transmitting infection among MSM and link infected MSM to treatment must be expanded," the authors write.

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