SF fails to cut HIV in gay men by 50 percent
Posted on January 15, 2009
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San Francisco health officials set for themselves a fairly high mark five years ago in their fight against HIV: reduce new infections among gay and bi men by 50 percent by 2008.
Based on the latest estimates for new HIV infection rates in San Francisco, the city failed to reach its goal. It did achieve a roughly 10 percent reduction in HIV rates and has downgraded classifying its HIV epidemic to now being endemic, meaning rates are remaining flat from year to year.
Back in 2004, when the reduction target was included in the San Francisco HIV Prevention Plan, the health department estimated there were 1,082 new infections of HIV each year, with gay and bi men accounting for 835 of those cases.
Today, the city has reduced those estimates, with approximately 975 new HIV infections expected each year, with gay and bi men accounting for 772 of those cases. The bulk of those individuals continue to be among white men.
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