WASHINGTON--The number of new AIDS cases diagnosed in the United
States last year totaled 62,600, according to the first estimate
of the 1995 AIDS incidence released by the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC). The incidence rose from 61,500 in
This was the fourth year that new AIDS cases increased by less
than 5%, a number well below the rate of increase in the epidemic's
first decade. As recently as 1991, the annual rate of increase
The CDC has received reports of 548,102 cases of AIDS since scientists
first recognized the disease. Of these, 343,000 have died. This
cumulative number of AIDS cases includes 462,152 male and 78,654
female adults and adolescents, and 7,296 children under the age
of 13 years. The number of new AIDS cases diagnosed among children
appears to be decreasing, the federal agency said.
The AIDS trends noted by CDC from 1992 to 1995 include:
- The AIDS incidence stabilized in the West, but continued to
increase in other regions of the world.
- While the AIDS incidence stabilized among US whites, it continued
to increase among blacks and Hispanics.
- Among women, the incidence of AIDS continued to increase,
reflecting a rising number of women who became infected through
sexual contact, mostly as the partners of IV drug users.
- Among men, the incidence stabilized, largely due to a stabilization
in the number of new cases among white men who have sex with men.