Rates of HIV have tanked significantly but infections of minority people is increasing

New data released by US health authorities demonstrates the significant decrease in annual infections of HIV.

According to the data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, from the mid-1980s to 2019, the annual infection rate of HIV fell by about 73 percent.

The infection rate among minority Black and Latinx people, however, continues to increase.

“Reductions are due to the decades-long work of and collaboration with scientists, patients, patient-advocates and communities,” said the director of the CDC in a news release.

“Prevention tools are increasingly effective, but they need to reach the populations most affected,” a news release reads.

Since the start of the ongoing HIV/AIDs pandemic, more than 30 million people have died.

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