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Socioeconomic and Racial Disparities May Drive HIV Infection among Young Gay and Bisexual Men

Young black or mixed-race men who have sex with men were more likely to be newly infected with HIV than gay and bisexual men of other racial/ethnic groups, according to a study from New York City described in the March 27 advance edition of Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. Living in an area with higher HIV prevalence, lower perceived socioeconomic status, and starting sex at a younger age were also associated with higher risk of infection.

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Southern States Have Higher HIV Diagnosis Rate and Lower HIV/AIDS Survival

A group of 9 states in the southern U.S. had a higher rate of HIV diagnosis compared to the country as a whole; had more women, African-Americans, and young people living with HIV; and had a higher death rate among people with HIV or AIDS, according to a study recently published in the Journal of Community Health. The researchers suggested that socioeconomic disadvantages, stigma, and discrimination contribute to these disparities.

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UNAIDS: HIV Epidemic Will Spring Back without Near-Universal Diagnosis and Treatment

Adopting "fast-track" targets could avert more than 28 million new HIV infections and prevent 21 million AIDS-related deaths by 2030, according to this year's UNAIDS World AIDS Day Report. However, if the response is not rapidly scaled-up over the next 5 years to achieve near-universal diagnosis and treatment, the epidemic is likely to "spring back" with an even higher rate of new HIV infections than today, the report warns.

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CDC Surveillance Report Shows Small Decline in HIV Diagnosis, but Disparities Persist

While the overall number of new HIV infections remains stable, the rate of diagnosis appears to be decreasing, according to the latest HIV Surveillance Report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which includes data through the end of 2012. Black and Latino people, men who have sex with men, and young people continue to be disproportionately affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

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UNAIDS Gap Report Finds Half of HIV+ People Worldwide Are Unaware of Status

Half of people living with HIV worldwide -- or approximately 19 million -- do not know they are infected, preventing them from receiving life-saving treatment and contributing to viral transmission, according to the latest UNAIDS Gap Report released in advance of the 20th International AIDS Conference last week in Melbourne. The report also outlines progress, including the 13 million people who had access to antiretroviral therapy at the end of 2013.

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