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New U.S. HIV Infections Hold Steady Overall, but Double among Young Black Gay Men

HIV incidence remained stable in the U.S. at around 50,000 new cases between 2006 and 2009, according to a report in the August 3, 2011, online edition of PLoS ONE. But the overall numbers hide some major disparities. People of color and men who have sex with men continue to be most heavily impacted, with incidence among young black gay men rising by nearly 50%.

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CDC Reports Extended HIV/AIDS Surveillance Data

More than 1.1 million people in the U.S. were living with HIV at the end of 2008, with 20% not knowing their status. But the burden is unevenly distributed, with 50% of cases among gay men and higher incidence among African-Americans.

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New HIV Epidemiology Resources Available

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Kaiser Family Foundation recently announced the availability of new resources for people seeking information about the epidemic in the United States. New fact sheets and slides summarize trends in the epidemic and its disparate impact on specific populations.

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UNAIDS Report Shows Progress, More Funding Needed

Approximately 6.6 million people in resource-limited countries are currently receiving antiretroviral therapy and new infections have fallen by 25%, according to a UNAIDS report released this month. But a downturn in funding raises concern about whether these advances can be sustained. alt

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1 in 5 Gay and Bisexual Men in Major Cities are HIV Positive, but Many Unaware of Status

Nearly 20% of gay and bisexual men in a survey of 21 large U.S. cities are infected with HIV, but more than 40% do not know their status, according to a report in the September 24, 2010 edition of the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. HIV prevalence varied widely across cities -- from 6% to 38% -- and was highest among black men who have sex with men, at 28%, compared with 18% among Hispanic men and 16% among white men.

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