Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Fewer black women in the United States are being infected with HIV, but the number of young gay and bisexual men infected is rising, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Between 2008 and 2010, the number of newly infected black women dropped 21%, according to the CDC report. Yet despite the decline, they still accounted for 70% of all new HIV cases among women, the federal health agency said. The rate of new infections for black women was 20 times higher than the rate for white women, the CDC said. The number of new infections among young gay and bisexual men increased by 22% during that same two-year period, the CDC said. The report said that nearly two-thirds of new HIV infections in 2010 resulted from men having sex with other men. Young black men who have sex with men account for more new infections than any other subgroup, government health officials said. "Because gay men account for 66% of all new infections, we must increase the focus of our prevention programs for gay men, particularly young and black gay men," said Michael Ruppal, executive director of The AIDS Institute.