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CDC: U.S. HIV
Rates Higher Than Previously Thought

CDC: U.S. HIV
Rates Higher Than Previously Thought

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to announce that the HIV infection rate in the United States is as much as 40% higher than previously reported. The announcement will come on Sunday at the International AIDS Conference in Mexico City.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to announce that the HIV infection rate in the United States is as much as 40% higher than previously reported. The announcement will come on Sunday at the International AIDS Conference in Mexico City.

According to Housing Works, an HIV and homeless advocacy group, the CDC will announce the new figures for the 15-year period between 1991 and 2006, which were reported in the past as being 40,000 new cases per year. The new figure may reach up to 56,000 cases per year. The agency is also expected to report rises in HIV infection rates among African-Americans and Latinos, especially men who have sex with men.

"The CDC report demonstrates, once again, that the numbers on AIDS in the U.S. simply don't add up," Housing Works president and CEO Charles King said in a press release. "This 40% percent increase in the annual incidence of HIV should serve as a bombshell wake-up call to both senators Obama and McCain that America's response to domestic AIDS has failed. We need a comprehensive, national blueprint for ending AIDS, and that blueprint is a national AIDS strategy." (The Advocate)

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