As World AIDS Day approaches on Thursday, Dec. 1, officials at the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced today there is "new hope" in fighting the disease after scientific studies show that treatment of those who are HIV positive leads to prevention of its spread. However, the fight is also "far from over," experts said.
Between 2006-2009, new HIV infections in the U.S. stayed stable at about 50,000 new infections a year, according to the CDC. Last month, U.N. AIDS reported the numbers of new infections reached a "plateau" with 2.7 million people newly infected each year for the last five years.
"The bottom line — we are in a time of new hope," said CDC Director Thomas Frieden in a teleconference call with reporters to discuss its Vital Signs report released today.