CDC report declares 19 percent decrease in U.S. HIV cases in the reporting period from 2005 to 2014. According to the new CDC report, the most prominent decrease have been registered with heterosexuals.
At the same time, similar decrease rates have been registered with people using injectable drugs. African-Americans also registered lower rates of HIV cases in the past decade. Nonetheless, the new CDC report, titled the HIV Surveillance Report states that despite the fact that the number of HIV cases with gay and bisexual men has stabilized during the last years, it has been on the increase for a large part of the reported decade.
The 19 percent decrease has been triggered by improved testing, as well as better available treatment for HIV/AIDS. Awareness campaigns and educational programs have also curbed the incidence of the disease. As the CDC report declares 19 percent decrease in U.S. HIV cases, Doctor Jonathan Mermin, who is the director of the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STDs and TB Prevention declared that this must not cloud the fact that certain groups still present a high risk of infection.
For gay and bisexual men especially, the need to continue raising awareness and encourage testing and safe sexual relations still stands high. Even if the 19 percent decrease in HIV cases can be considered a success, all risk groups across all races must registered equal gains.
The new CDC report took into account the overall 2005-2014 reporting period as well as the 2010-2014 period. The methodology allows researchers to understand future and emerging trends and pinpoints the actions needed to be taken.
Between 2005 to 2014 the U.S. number of new HIV cases declined from 48,795 to 39,718 in the past decade, by 19 percentage points. New HIV cases with heterosexuals dropped by 35 percent. New HIV cases with people who use injectable drugs dropped by 63 percent. For gay and bisexual men, new HIV cases amounted to a 6 percent increase between 2005-2014. Black gay and bisexual men new HIV cases increased by 87 percent between 2005-2014.
One group showed the highest spike in new HIV cases over the decade. Lating gay and bisexual men registered a 24 percent increase over the past 10 years. Heterosexuals registered the highest decrease in new HIV cases, while white gay and bisexual men also registered lower rates of new HIV infections.
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