More New HIV Infections Than Previously Thought – Charts And Graphs For AIDS Information – Total Deaths Can Cases

More New HIV Infections Than Previously Thought – Charts And Graphs For AIDS Information – Total Deaths Can Cases

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(Best Syndication News) Previous estimates that only 40,000 Americans were infected with HIV each year since 2000 are too low, according to a report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). During the previous decades the figures ranged from 10,000 to 80,000 infections per year(see the charts below). New techniques for measuring HIV indicate that the disease is not on the decline (See Videos Below).

According to previous figures released by the CDC, the disease peaked in the early 1990s at about 80,000 new cases per year and then started to drop off (see charts below). Since 1998 they estimated that there were a little over 40,000 new cases per year. The CDC is always looking for ways to improve their estimates. Recent advances in testing and reporting have helped give a more accurate picture of HIV.

The CDC says that since the late 1990s the incidence has remained relatively stable with estimates ranging between 55,000 and 58,500 during the three most recent time periods analyzed. This means there could be 150,000 to 170,000 more new cases since 1998 than previously thought (See the possible cure video below).

HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, still affects the black community more than white or Hispanic communities (See chart below). Although African Americans only comprise about 13 percent of the US population, they accounted for 45% of the new HIV infections in 2006.

The good news is that infections among intravenous drug users are on the decline. The bad news is that the incidence of AIDS is increasing among gay and bisexual men. This has been a trend since the late 1990s.

The Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) was first recognized by doctors on December 1st 2001. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), AIDS has killed more than 25 million people making it one of the most devastating pandemics in recorded history.

HIV attacks the immune system. The virus is present in both the blood and the immune cells. Infection with HIV can lead to AIDS and a complete collapse of the immune system and possible death. The number of deaths has been increasing steadily ever since the disease was first discovered.

Although the CDC is still working on estimates of current infections in the United States, the number is expected to be roughly 1.2 million Americans. The report states: “The new estimates highlight the need for expanded HIV prevention services and should serve as a wake-up call that the US HIV/AIDS epidemic is far from over.” See All The Charts Below

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By Marsha Quinn
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The Chart Below Is Now Known To Be Incorrect - New Cases Too Low Since 1998

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