by William Bigelow
July 19, 2014
The CDC report, published in the July 23/30 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that in the period between 2002 to 2011, among people 13 and older, the diagnosis of HIV fell from 24 out of every 100,000 people to 16, a 33% drop. Women saw the number of diagnoses cut in half; men dropped by 25%, blacks plunged 37%, and Hispanics dropped 41%. Among those who had heterosexual sex, the number dropped more than 33% for men and women. But among males 13-24, the number of HIV diagnoses soared. New diagnoses climbed from 3,000 to 7,000.
Co-author Amy Lansky, deputy director for surveillance, epidemiology, and laboratory sciences at the CDC's Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, said that because the AIDS epidemic was first reported in the 1980s, young people are inured to the disease’s preponderance. She said, "It's been more than 30 years since the first cases were reported. It's harder to maintain that sense of urgency."