July 19, 2014 at 11:19 AM ET
AIDS researchers announced good news on Saturday: The annual rate of diagnosis with HIV fell by more than 30 percent in the US between 2002 and 2011. Fewer people in all groups tested positive for the human immunodeficiency virus that causes AIDS, with the exception of certain groups of gay and bisexual men, Anna Satcher Johnson of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and colleagues reported. “During 2002-2011, 493,372 persons were diagnosed with HIV in the United States. The annual diagnosis rate decreased by 33.2 percent, from 24.1 per 100,000 population in 2002 to 16.1 in 2011,” they wrote in a special issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, published to coincide with an international AIDS meeting in Melbourne, Australia. CDC says more than 1.1 million people in the United States are infected with HIV, and almost 16 percent don’t know because they have not been tested.
— Maggie Fox