Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Homosexual Behavior = HIV Infections

The latest report from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that sexually deviant behavior accounts for the majority of new cases of HIV in America.

For background, read Fed Study: HIV/AIDS = Homosexual Behavior and also read HIV Infections Rampant Among Homosexuals

UPDATE 5/26/14: Another U.S. Deadly Gay Disease Epidemic: Syphilis

UPDATE 10/2/14: HIV/AIDS is Mostly a Gay Disease, Says U.S. Government

-- From "New HIV Infections In US Hold Steady At 50,000" by The Associated Press 8/3/11

The latest CDC report . . . found that there were about 50,000 new infections each year from 2006-2009.

Gay and bisexual men account for the majority of the new cases — nearly two-thirds in 2009. The only increase over the four years was in young gay and bisexual men, driven by a 48 percent increase among blacks ages 13 to 29.

The annual number of new infections peaked at 130,000 in the mid-1980s, said Dr. Kevin Fenton, the AIDS prevention chief for the CDC. He said the report presented a mixed picture. While new infections have plateaued, "stability is not acceptable" and the increase in young men is worrisome, he said.

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From "New H.I.V. Cases Steady Despite Better Treatment" by Donald G. McNeil Jr., New York Times 8/3/11

The American epidemic is still concentrated primarily in gay men, and is growing rapidly worse among young black gay men.

For most risk groups, infection rates are stable at 61 percent through gay or bisexual sex, 27 percent through heterosexual sex and 9 percent through drug injection.

That realization is causing a rift in the AIDS community. Activists say the persistent H.I.V. infection rate proves that government prevention policy is a flop. Federal officials are on the defensive even as they concede that the epidemic will grow if prevention doesn’t get better, which they know is unlikely while their budgets are being cut.

And some researchers believe it is impossible to completely wipe out even a fatal, incurable disease when it is transmitted through sex and carries so much stigma that people deny having it and avoid being tested for it.

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From "HIV infections in U.S. stable but disparities exist" by Julie Steenhuysen, Reuters 8/3/11

Men who have sex with men -- which includes openly gay and bisexual men and those who do not identify themselves as gay or bisexual -- remain most heavily affected.

While this group represents 2 percent of the overall U.S. population, they accounted for 61 percent of all new HIV infections in 2009.

And young men who have sex with men -- those aged 13 to 29 -- are the hardest hit, accounting for more than one quarter of all new HIV infections nationally.

New HIV infections affected young men who have sex with men of all races, but the CDC saw very sharp increases among young black men who have sex with men.

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Also read HIV/AIDS at Epidemic Level in D.C. (March 2009)