AIDS Virus Diagnoses Down 30 Percent in U.S.

The annual rate of diagnosis with HIV fell by more than 30 percent in the United States between 2002 and 2011, AIDS researchers announced on Saturday. Fewer people in all groups tested positive for the virus that causes AIDS, with the exception of certain groups of gay and bisexual men, Anna Satcher Johnson of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and colleagues reported in a special issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, published to coincide with an international AIDS meeting in Melbourne, Australia. “During 2002-2011, 493,372 persons were diagnosed with HIV in the United States. The annual diagnosis rate decreased by 33.2 percent, from 24.1 per 100,000 population in 2002 to 16.1 in 2011,” they wrote.

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