HIV/AIDS diagnosis falls by a third in the U.S.

By Mihir Shah,

According to researchers in the United States, diagnosis of the deadly but treatable HIV fell by almost a third in the country, dropping by 30 percent between the years 2002 and 2011.

NBC News notes that fewer people from each group tested positive for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. The exception in certain groups were gay and bisexual men. Reuters noted that the report said that "among men who have sex with men, unprotected risk behaviors in the presence of high prevalence and unsuppressed viral load may continue to drive HIV transmission."

According to colleagues and Anna Satcher Johnson of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “During 2002-2011, 493,372 persons were diagnosed with HIV in the United States. The annual diagnosis rate decreased by 33.2 percent, from 24.1 per 100,000 population in 2002 to 16.1 in 2011.” The CDC also mentioned that over 1.1 million people in the U.S are infected with HIV. Among those people, 16 percent don’t know it since they haven't been tested.

The United Nations announced last Wednesday that there were over 2 million new HIV infections globally in 2013, which is 38 percent less than the statistics from 2001. In comparison to other countries worldwide, the epidemic of AIDS drop in the U.S is in sync with the global downturn.

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