HIV infections remain a serious health problem, with an estimated 47,500 people becoming newly infected with the virus in the United States in 2010, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
HIV incidence has remained relatively stable in the vicinity of 50,000 infections per year over the last decade. There were 53,200 infections in 2007, 47,500 in 2008 and 45,000 in 2009, according to the analysis. Certain groups, including African Americans, Latinos and gay and bisexual men of all races and ethnicities, continue to be disproportionately affected by HIV.
The report also found two noteworthy trends among heavily affected populations: early signs of an encouraging decrease in new HIV infections among black women when comparing 2008 with 2010, and a troubling and continuing increase in new infections among young gay and bisexual men when comparing the same time periods.
A PDF of the report, “Estimated HIV Incidence Among Adults and Adolescents in the United States, 2007-2010,” is available at www.cdc.gov/nchhstp/newsroom/docs/2012/HIV-Infections-2007-2010.pdf.