Study: 600,000
Americans Have HIV

Fewer than 1% of
U.S. adults age 18-49 living in homes have contracted
HIV, according to a national study released Tuesday.

The National
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
previously estimated.

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.
(The Advocate)

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