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CDC: 22 percent increase in new HIV infection rates among gay, bisexual men

Friday, December 21, 2012

ATLANTA — The number of new HIV infections for young gay and bisexual men has risen by 22 percent between 2008 and 2010, according to a new study released this week by the Centers For Disease Control (CDC).

Joseph Prejean, CDC chief of the Behavioral and Clinical Surveillance Branch, said the rising number of infections for gay and bisexual youth may be based on inaccurate perceptions that HIV has become a manageable disease.

“We do realize that many men who have sex with men do probably underestimate their personal risk and believe that treatment advances minimize the health threat,” he said.

The CDC reports that the rate of new HIV infection(s)in the United States has remained fairly constant at about 47,500 infections. Gay and bisexual men account for 6 percent of those new infections, but minority males — particularly black men — account for more new infection rates than any other subgroup.

The CDC estimates that the average cost of treating HIV over a person’s lifetime costs an estimated $400,000.

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12 more reader comments:

  1. not good

    Posted on Friday, December 21, 2012 at 8:29am
  2. why do they not getting it life is more than just sex

    Posted on Friday, December 21, 2012 at 8:34am
  3. this is horrible

    Posted on Friday, December 21, 2012 at 8:36am
  4. Just the kind of ammunition the right-wing haters are looking for! Very sad! Come on gentlemen, wear those raincoats! Safety first!

    Posted on Friday, December 21, 2012 at 8:39am
  5. What is the increase % for heterosexuals?

    Posted on Friday, December 21, 2012 at 8:47am
  6. i wish more ppl knew and wear protection

    Posted on Friday, December 21, 2012 at 10:34am
  7. Protection: Remember to use it.
    Routine testing if you are sexually active: Remember to do it.

    Posted on Friday, December 21, 2012 at 1:04pm
  8. :( not cool guys. always use protection

    Posted on Friday, December 21, 2012 at 1:05pm
  9. Damn it!

    Posted on Friday, December 21, 2012 at 1:08pm
  10. sadly too many think they can just take a pill a day, the ads show healthy looking people but the reality is quite different

    Posted on Friday, December 21, 2012 at 1:32pm
  11. This is a problem that urgently needs a solution. :(

    Posted on Friday, December 21, 2012 at 2:16pm
  12. shit seriously we cannot lose our people to this again. we already dont have many elders.

    Posted on Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 3:04am