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Summary Of CDC Study

In 1998, 2,161 Men who have sex with men and use injectable drugs (MSM/IDU) were diagnosed with AIDS--a 37% decline since 1996. This decline is due in part to the availability of more effective HIV treatments in recent years.

Supplemental research points to continued risk behavior among MSM/IDU. Interviews with more than 500 MSM/IDU recently diagnosed with AIDS found that 76% reported having sex with a man and 43% reported sex with a woman in the past 5 years, and nearly half of these did not always use condoms.

Additionally, 34% had injected drugs during the same time period, with 45% reporting sharing needles.

These findings point to the dangerous intersection of risk for men who have sex with men, injection drug users and women, and indicate a need for comprehensive HIV prevention programs to slow the spread of the epidemic in all three groups.

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