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HIV Cases Down 20% in the U.S.

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made news this month with its report stating that HIV diagnoses have fallen dramatically overall in the past 10 years. Overall diagnoses of HIV decreased by about 20% from 2005 to 2014. This is huge progress, especially considering the statistics 30 years ago when the U.S. had its first documented cases of the virus. However, there’s more to these new statistics than first meets the eye.

HIV Cases Decreasing?

Will the overall numbers seem to paint a pretty picture for the reduction of the HIV and AIDS epidemic in the U.S., some groups of people have seen troubling increases in instances of HIV. The group that has seen the highest increase is the African-American gay and bisexual community. In fact, the CDC reported that there has been about an 87% increase in the number of HIV diagnoses in 13-24-year-old African-American gay and bisexual males and Latino gay and bisexual males. Why have these groups experienced such an increase? There are several factors, most importantly including the low rate of condom use and the high rate of individuals who have not been tested and don’t know that they are HIV-positive.

On the opposite end of the spectrum are the more encouraging overall numbers. In heterosexual adults, the number of cases has decreased by 35%. Women, in particular, have experienced a 40% decline, while African-Americans overall have seen cases go down by 22%. While these numbers are encouraging, it is important to be aware that for many people in the U.S., the dangers of contracting HIV are higher than ever.

The Importance of Testing

As shown by the CDC’s recent report, one of the most important tools in preventing the spread of HIV is getting tested. ARCpoint Labs nationwide provide accurate, confidential STD and HIV testing services. To learn more, contact your nearest ARCpoint Labs today!

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