New HIV cases declined in San Francisco by nearly 10 percent in gay men in the last five years, even as the gay male population increased 25 percent, according to preliminary research by the city’s Department of Public Health. It’s San Francisco’s first decline in infections since the late 1980s.
"This is great news; we're making progress," Mark Cloutier, executive director of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, told the Associated Press. "But I think it is both bad planning and bad public policy to look toward the future based on a 'short-term trend.' We don't know how long this will last."
HIV infection rates aren’t as rosy in other parts of the United States where diagnoses of HIV have jumped eight percent among gay and bisexual men since 2004, the Centers for Disease Control reported.
Officials say that more men are having unsafe sex, but more often with men who have the same HIV status, a trend that may be contributing to the declining rate of infection.