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The White House and Centers for Disease Controls and Prevention have granted me interviews with key leaders in the Administration's National HIV/AIDS Strategy.
The number of new HIV infections in the United States has remained relatively stable at approximately 50,000 per year between 2006 and 2009, according to 2011 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But seroconversions have been soaring among Black men who have sex with men, particularly among those ages 13 to 19, the CDC reports. New infections increased by 48 percent between 2006 and 2009.
"It's essentially the only demographic where this is happening," said Gregorio Millett, M.P.H., the CDC and Department of Health and Human Service's liaison to the White House Office of National AIDS Policy. "The epidemic is out of control, and we need to help these men. Thankfully, the National HIV/AIDS Strategy is addressing this sub-population."
Millett, who was one of the key players who helped develop the NHAS, says that he is "confident" in the strategy's success thus far, including in reaching Black gay men.
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