Study: 600,000 Americans Have HIV
January 31 2008 12:00 AM ET
Fewer than 1% of
U.S. adults age 18-49 living in homes have contracted
HIV, according to a national study released Tuesday.
Center for Health Statistics's evaluation of HIV patients in
the country shows that 600,000 people in this group -- which
excludes those who are homeless, prisoners, or
patients in institutions -- have the virus.
Men were more
likely to be infected than women (0.7% versus 0.2%). Also,
those who were infected with genital herpes were 15 times
more likely to also have HIV, according to Reuters.
Also, black men age 40-49 had the highest rate of
infection at nearly 4%.
While the report
does not quantify new infections, AIDS activist
groups say the new data will show the number of Americans
contracting HIV each year to be 50% higher than
The sample of
almost 12,000 people has been culled from federal
examinations between 1999 and 2006. The numbers can be
extrapolated to reflect the national population.