Washington: The number of new AIDS cases in the US remained stable at about 50,000 per year between 2006 and 2009, said authorities.
"While we`re encouraged that prevention efforts have helped avoid overall increases in HIV infections in the United States, and have significantly reduced new infections from the peak in the mid-1980s, we have plateaued at an unacceptably high level," said Kevin Fenton, director of CDC`s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention."Without intensified HIV prevention efforts," he said, "we are likely to face an era of rising infection rates and higher health care costs for a preventable condition that already affects more than 1 million people in this country."Homosexuals continued to be in the forefront of new AIDS cases with about 61 percent, or 29,300 cases.Within that group, gay males between 13 and 29 accounted for 27 percent, or 12,900 cases, in 2009.By race, African Americans were the most affected with 44 percent of the cases in that same year, and they had an infection rate almost eight times greater than whites.IANS
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