CDC: 1.1 Million Americans Infected With AIDS

About 1.1 million Americans are infected with the AIDS virus, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday.

The new infection rate is based on 2006 data. Using 2003 data, the CDC previously estimated that 994,000 Americans were infected with the virus.

The CDC also reported that people with AIDS are living longer thanks to treatment advancements and that blacks, as well as gay and bisexual men are disproportionately affected by the disease.

The CDC estimated that there were 35,314 new HIV infections in 33 states that provided information in 2006. The rate of new infections has remained stable since 2003.

Other findings included:

— The rate of new HIV/AIDS diagnoses for 2006 in the 33 states was about 19 cases per 100,000 people.

— In 2006, the estimated rate of new AIDS diagnoses was about 12 cases per 100,000.

— From 2002-2006, the number of new AIDS diagnoses in children under the age of 13 decreased 64 percent.

— In 2006, the majority of new HIV (16 percent) and AIDS (20 percent) diagnoses occurred in people ages 40–44 years old.

— Almost half of all HIV/AIDS cases diagnosed in 2006 occurred in black Americans, for a rate of about 68 cases per 100,000. Hispanics also had high rates of newly diagnosed disease at 26 cases per 100,000, compared with those diagnosed in whites at 8 cases per 100,000 people.

— Men accounted for about three-fourths of new HIV/AIDS cases in 2006.

— Between 2002 and 2006, the estimated number of diagnosed AIDS cases decreased 10 percent in the western region of the United States and 6 percent in the Northeast.

— The estimated number of AIDS-related deaths decreased 17 percent from 2002-2006.

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