HIV/AIDS Infections among Young Homosexuals Rising, Says CDC

By Josiah Ryan | July 7, 2008 | 8:24 PM EDT

( - HIV/AIDS infections among young homosexual men have been on a rapid rise since 2001, according to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on Thursday (June 26). Meanwhile, infections among the broader homosexual community have gone up at a negligible rate and middle-aged homosexuals have experienced a slight decline in infections.

According to the study, conducted across 33 states, cases of new HIV/AIDS infections have risen an average of 12.4 percent a year among homosexuals between the ages of 13 and 24 in the time period between 2001 and 2006.

The increase in young homosexual men is more than 10 times higher than in the homosexual community overall, where new infections have risen by 1.5 percent a year during the same time period.

Homosexuals between the age of 25 and 44 have experienced a 1.5 percent decrease in cases of new infections, and homosexual men over 45 have experienced a 3 percent increase in infection.

Young African American men experienced the greatest infections rate increase with new cases rising at 14.9 percent per year.

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