CDC Says HIV Epidemic In U.S. Has Been Understated By 40%

August 3, 2008

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report on Saturday, stating that the HIV epidemic in the U.S. has been understated by 40%....Washington (ChattahBox) – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report on Saturday, stating that the HIV epidemic in the U.S. has been understated by 40%.

The CDC, using new tracking technology, has found that the HIV epidemic is far more serious than previously though, with more new HIV cases each year, leading to AIDS in the U.S.

Since the late 1990s, the estimated number of new HIV cases was said to be 40,000.

In 2006 though, the CDC found that there were actually 56,300 new cases, a 40% increase.

The CDC stated, even before 2006, that the number of new HIV infections was never as low as the 40,000 estimate.

Breaking down the numbers found, 53% of the new HIV infections were caused by men who had sex with men.

Blacks were also found to have an HIV infection rate of seven times higher than whites.

Kevin Fenton, director of the HIV/AIDS center of the CDC, stated “It’s important to note that the new estimate does not represent an actual increase in the number of new infections but reflects our ability to more precisely measure HIV incidence. This new picture reveals that the HIV epidemic is, and has been, worse than previously known and underscores the challenges in confronting the disease.”

This latest report from the CDC showcases that even more has to be done to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS in the U.S.

The CDC report has been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.


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