HIV infections are on the rise among young gay and bisexual men, according to statistics released this week by the Centers for Disease Control.
For the past decade, new HIV cases have remained stable at 50,000 per year. In 2010 there were 47,500 new infections.
New infections among young gay and bisexual men ages 13-24 rose 22 percent from 2008 to 2010. African-American young gay and bisexual men account for the largest number of new infections — 4,800 in 2010.
Gay and bisexual men accounted for 63 percent of all new HIV infections — an increase of 12 percent from 2008 to 2010.
The annual number of new infections in the U.S. has remained stable despite continued increases in the number of people living with HIV, indicating that HIV testing, treatment and prevention programs are making an important impact — but incidence still persists at far too high a level, according to the new CDC report.
The estimates are made to help the CDC focus HIV prevention efforts where the need is greatest.
The National Minority AIDS Council issued the following statement in response to the statistics: