ATLANTA - The number of newly diagnosed HIV infections in gay and bisexual men has risen in many U.S. states, according to a federal study Wednesday which stoked concerns AIDS may be poised for a resurgence in the country.
In a study of HIV/AIDS data from 32 states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 11 percent more infections were diagnosed from 2000 through 2003 among men who have sex with men. The study was released to commemorate World AIDS Day.
Gay and bisexual males accounted for 44 percent of the 125,800 diagnoses reported by these states during the period, the Atlanta-based agency said....
Gordon, I believe most of the rest are intravenous drug users, prostitutes, and their customers. There is also a small hemophiliac portion (not too many since the FDA improved blood donation requirements) and a small portion of people whose spouses have interacted with someone in a group at risk.
In short, the data over the past 25 years have demonstrated clearly that it's not a disease that faithful spouses should worry too much about.
If anyone asks you why homosexual relations are a bad idea, go through these statistics:
About 2.5 million males become adults annually. About 3%, or 75,000, become homosexuals.
According to the CDC, about 44% of 125,000 HIV infections, or ~55,000, were among gay men in four years, 2000-2003.
The likelihood of a young man who enters a homosexual lifestyle catching AIDS is thus 55,000 / (4 * 75000) ~ 18.5%. Nearly one in five homosexual men gets AIDS.
By the way, reality is probably somewhat higher, as the CDC also estimates that the # of actual infections is about 30% higher than their reported numbers. Perhaps one in four, or even one in three, homosexuals acquires this deadly virus.