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Gay and Bisexual Men Still Face High Risk for HIV Infection, Says CDC

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That’s despite a national decline in diagnoses over the past 10 years.

While the rate of new HIV infections has decreased since 2005, gay and bisexual men still account for the largest portion of new infections, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

According to the latest HIV Surveillance Report released in November, new HIV infection rates fell 19 percent from 2005 to 2014 while HIV testing has remained stable or increased. However, among the 39,513 people who were diagnosed with HIV in 2015, 67 percent were still gay and bisexual men. That rate jumps to 82 percent when just counting new diagnoses among men.

Related: Begin HIV Treatment Immediately Upon Diagnosis, U.S. Health Officials Say

Among gay and bisexual men, African Americans still face the highest risk. While the 10-year infection rate has dropped 18 percent among white gay and bisexual men, the rate for black gay and bisexual men has increased--although at a much slower rate year after year.

Meanwhile, HIV diagnoses for heterosexuals have decreased 35 percent since 2005.

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