January 20, 2012
CDC: Fewer Americans Having Unsafe Sex
The number of Americans who practice behaviors that put them at risk for HIV has declined significantly, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and reported by HealthDay. The ranks of those engaging in risky sexual or drug-related behavior dropped from 13 percent of men and 11 percent of women in 2002 to 10 percent and 8 percent, respectively, in 2010. The decline in risky behaviors included lower rates of having unprotected sex and having sex with multiple partners. Researchers said the reasons for the decline were unclear. The study did note racial, ethnic and economic disparities. Specifically, 16 percent of young black men ages 15 to 24 reported at least one HIV risk-related sexual behavior compared with 8.7 percent of Latino men and 6.5 percent of young white men. Poorer men were also more likely to engage in risky behaviors.
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