CDC Says More Than Half of New HIV/AIDS Cases Are Among African-Americans
Daniel J. DeNoon
WebMD Health News
Reviewed By Brunilda Nazario, MD
In 2007 -- for the first time -- more than half (51%) of new HIV/AIDS cases were among African-Americans. Blacks represent 13% of the U.S. population, yet 48% of Americans living with HIV or AIDS are black.
Some other numbers from the CDC's annual report:
- Women accounted for 27% of adult and teen AIDS cases diagnosed in 2007.
- From 2003 to 2007, deaths of Americans with AIDS decreased by 17%.
- 20% of people living with AIDS are 40 to 44 years old -- the highest percentage of any age group.
- Among men living with AIDS or HIV, 64% were infected by male-to-male sexual contact.
- 40% of people living with AIDS reside in the South; 29% in the Northeast, 20% in the West, and 11% in the Midwest.
The data appear in the CDC's annual HIV/AIDS Surveillance Report.
SOURCES: CDC: "HIV/AIDS Surveillance Report," vol 19, Feb. 18, 2009.
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