Large Decrease in HIV Infections in U.S.

HIV/AIDS Myths and Facts

New HIV infections in the United States fell nearly 18 percent in the overall population between 2008 and 2014, declining from 45,700 to 37,600, according to a federal government report.

There was a 36 percent decrease in heterosexuals and a 56 percent decline in people who inject drugs, the Associated Press reported.

Gay and bisexual men account for two-thirds of Americans diagnosed with HIV each year, and there were significant declines in new infections among very young and middle-aged men in that group, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report said.

However, there was a 35 percent increase among gay and bisexual men ages 25-34.

The CDC also said that no state had an increase in new HIV infections during the study period and seven had large decreases -- Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, North Carolina and Texas, the AP reported.

The findings suggest that efforts to diagnose and treat HIV infections are having an impact, according to Ron Brookmeyer, a statistician at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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