The AIDS epidemic that took millions of people lives seems to be decelerating in the U.S., according to a report
The rate of Americans diagnosed with HIV dropped by one-third every year over the last decade, according to a government study that was released Saturday by the Journal of the American Medical Association.
According to the Daily News, the report shows that 16 out of every 100,000 people 13 and older were diagnosed with HIV in 2011, a drop from 24 out of 100,000 people in 2002.
There was a great decline in men, women, whites, blacks, Hispanics, heterosexuals, injection drug users and most age groups. However the only group in which diagnoses increased was gay and bisexual men, according to the research.
The percentage of adults tested for HIV increased to 45% in 2010 from 37% in 2000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Daily News noted that the decrease could mean that fewer people are discovering they are infected by the virus that causes AIDS or that most infected people have been diagnosed already, experts said.
“It could be we are approaching something of a ‘ceiling effect,’” said a study leader, David Holtgrave of Johns Hopkins University.
Unfortunately, 1.1 million people in the U.S. are thought to be infected with the disease—which damaged the immune system. Sadly, there isn’t any cure for it.
There was an International AIDS Conference that took place on Sunday in Melbourne, Australia.
The Malaysian Airlines flight that crashed over eastern Ukraine Thursday killed many people along with the six AIDS experts who were on their way to the conference, which takes place every two years.