CDC Releases New HIV Statistics

Less Than 1% of U.S. Adults Younger than 50 Have HIV, New HIV Prevalence Statistics Show

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Jan. 29, 2008 -- The CDC today reported that about one-half of 1% of U.S. adults younger than 50 have HIV.

The CDC's HIV prevalence statistics are based on nearly 12,000 adults aged 18-49 who took part in national health studies from 1999 to 2006.

Participants were interviewed and provided blood samples; 0.47% had HIV infection. That's similar to findings from a 1988-1994 survey, states a CDC news release.

HIV infection was more common among men than women, and among African-Americans than whites or Mexican-Americans.

About 2.6% of African-American men and 1.5% of African-American women were HIV positive.

The data don't show how people contracted HIV.

The findings appear in January's edition of the CDC's NCHS Data Brief.

WebMD Health News Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD on January 29, 2008

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CDC, NCHS Data Brief, January 2008.

News release, CDC.

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