Los Angeles Times Reports Recent Increase in U.S. AIDS Cases Could Stem From ‘Complacency About Disease’
The Los Angeles Times today examines the recently reported increases in the number of U.S. AIDS cases and the number of newly diagnosed HIV cases among men who have sex with men, which could "reflect a growing sense of public complacency about the disease," especially among MSM (Stein, Los Angeles Times, 8/18). The CDC in July announced that there was a 2.2% overall increase in the number of new U.S. AIDS cases in 2002. The agency also said that the number of new HIV diagnoses among men who have sex with men rose for the third consecutive year in 2002, increasing 7.1% from 2001 to 2002. However, HIV diagnoses among other high risk groups have remained stable since 2001. In addition, the CDC announced a 5.9% drop in AIDS-related deaths (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 7/29). The complete Times article is available online.