CDC Announces National HIV Infection Decline, But It's Not All Good News
FEBRUARY 15, 2017
Great things are happening in the world of HIV/AIDS, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just announced that annual HIV infections have declined substantially in the United States.
Presented at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2017) in Seattle, Washington, CDC estimates found that HIV infections dropped by 18% between 2008 and 2014—going from 45,700 to 37,600 annual infections.
CDC officials also looked at infection rates in specific groups of people and found significant reductions:
- People who inject drugs: 3,900 to 1,700 (56% reduction)
- Heterosexuals: 13,400 to 8,600 (36% reduction)
- Gay and bisexual males ages 13 to 24: 9,400 to 7,700 (18% reduction)
- Caucasian gay and bisexual males: 9,000 to 7,400 (18% reduction)
While HIV infection rates decreased in gay and bisexual adolescents, they didn’t drop in gay and bisexual adults—making this the only group not to see a reduction from 2008 to 2014. The annual infection rates for gay and bisexual men overall hovered around 26,000 cases and 10,000 cases of those are African American. CDC officials said this is due to the fact that the reduction in young and Caucasian gay and bisexual offset was offset by increases in other groups:
- Gay and bisexual males ages 25 to 34: 7,200 to 9,700 (35% increase)
- Latino gay and bisexual males: 6,100 to 7,300 (20% increase)