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HIV Infections Have Stabilized In U.S., But Black Males Still At High Risk

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HIV infections in America have stabilized over the past three years, according to a new study by the Federal Center For Disease Control. However, there's still one group that remains at high risk.

Young, African American men who have sex with other men, particularly those under the age of 25, face a much higher risk of infection.

The FDC research found that the rate of new infections rose by 48 percent within this population group. These numbers are significant for the Washington D.C. metropolitan area because they may be related to the high rate of HIV within the area's black male population.

The U.S. Department of Health says 7 percent of African-American males in D.C. are HIV positive. Local HIV prevention advocates are calling the study a wake-up call for local governments and public health organizations to target more resources to HIV prevention and treatment for this at-risk group.

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