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The CDC report was published Wednesday in the journal PLoS One. The figures were calculated from data in 16 states and two cities. Estimating new infections is complicated; it can take many years for an infection to cause symptoms and illness. The new blood test can tell how recent an infection occurred.
People with HIV are living longer and healthier lives now, bringing the number of Americans living with the virus to about 1.1 million. So the fact that the number of infections didn't increase is a "bit of good news," Fenton said.
"In a sense, we are holding HIV incidence at bay," he said.
CDC report on HIV
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