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Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report Summarizes Opinion Pieces on U.S. AIDS Epidemic

June 20, 2005

As of December 2003, about 1.1 million people living in the United States were HIV-positive -- the highest number ever recorded in the country, CDC officials said last week at the 2005 National HIV Prevention Conference in Atlanta. Blacks made up about 47% of the total HIV-positive population and more than half of new HIV cases, despite making up only 12% of the population, agency officials said. Black women are 19 times as likely to be infected with HIV as white women, and 32% of black men ages 23 to 29 who have sex with men are HIV-positive, compared with 14% of Latino MSM and 7% of white MSM of the same age, according to a CDC study conducted four years ago. In addition, an estimated 25% of HIV-positive individuals are unaware of their HIV status and MSM accounted for about 45% of all cases at the end of 2003, according to CDC (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 6/14). Several newspapers recently have published opinion pieces about the HIV/AIDS epidemic among U.S. blacks. Some of these are summarized below.

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