Approximately 50,000 new HIV infections are diagnosed each year despite improvements in treatment and prevention efforts in middle-class America, according to a recent New York Times report.
Government statistics show that the black population faces the most risk of contracting the virus.
Nationally, more than 1.1 million people currently live with HIV. In Minnesota, there were more than 7,500 known cases of HIV as of Dec. 31, 2012. That year, there were 315 new cases reported, an 8 percent increase from 2011, according to the Minnesota AIDS Project.
More from the New York Times:
Nationally, 25 percent of new infections are in black and Hispanic men, and in New York City it is 45 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the city's health department.
Nationally, when only men under 25 infected through gay sex are counted, 80 percent are black or Hispanic — even though they engage in less high-risk behavior than their white peers.
On The Daily Circuit, we look at the latest in research and the current outreach and prevention efforts.
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