According to a Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC) report released this week, HIV diagnoses
in the United States fell by 19 percent from 2005 to 2014.
Dramatic declines were seen among
heterosexuals (down 35%), people who inject drugs (63%) and African
Americans, driven by a steep decline (42%) among black women.
However, annual HIV diagnoses for gay
and bisexual men increased six percent.
For gay and bisexual men, diagnoses
varied by race and ethnicity.
“Among white gay and bisexual men,
diagnoses dropped steadily, decreasing 18 percent,” the
CDC reported. “Diagnoses among Latino gay and bisexual men
continued to rise and were up 25 percent. Diagnoses among black gay
and bisexual men also increased (22 percent) between 2005 and 2014,
but that increase has leveled off since 2010.”
Young black gay and bisexual men (ages
13-24) experienced a steep 87 percent increase in diagnoses, though
the trend has leveled off.