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The number of HIV infections among gay, bi-black and Latino men has stagnated for a decade

The estimated number of new HIV infections among gay and bisexual black and Latino men has not changed significantly since 2010, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Tuesday.

The number of infections declined among gay and bisexual men overall, but the report found that infections had not decreased significantly among black and Latino men. The report also found that the use of treatment and prevention methods was less common among black, Latino and younger men.

The study, which used data from the National HIV Surveillance System, analyzed data from about 692,900 men who have sex with HIV-positive men in 2019. While 90 percent of HIV-positive white men received a diagnosis within one year of contracting the virus. , only 83 percent of black men and 80 percent of HIV-positive Latino men were diagnosed within that first year.

Blacks represent the highest proportion of new HIV diagnoses and people living with HIV in the United States, compared to people of other races and ethnicities. According to CDC data from 2018, although blacks make up only 13% of the U.S. population, they accounted for 42% of new HIV diagnoses. Black women also account for a large portion of HIV diagnoses.

New findings from the CDC reveal increased inaccessibility to HIV-related health services, especially in black and Latino communities. To reduce infections, the CDC said efforts must “address their root causes, including systemic racism, stigma, discrimination, homophobia, poverty, homelessness and unequal access to care.” and prevention services ”. The report also suggested scaling up the strategies and approaches supported by the Ryan White HIV / AIDS Program to tackle the problem.

In 2019, the US Department of Health and Human Services launched “Ending the HIV Epidemic in the US,” a plan that aims to reduce the number of new HIV infections by 90% by 2030.

On World AIDS Day Wednesday, the Biden administration announced new commitments, including a “national HIV / AIDS strategy,” to end the HIV epidemic. The goals include preventing new HIV infections, improving the HIV-related health outcomes of those infected with the virus, and reducing health disparities and inequalities, among others. President Joe Biden has also implemented related initiatives since taking office, such as the reestablishment of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy.

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