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About 8,800 cases were attributed to male-to-male sexual contact.

HIV/AIDS is incurable, and an estimated 17,774 people with AIDS died in 2009. Some 619,000 persons have died of AIDS in the United States since the epidemic began in the early 1980s, according to the CDC.

The group AVAC Global Advocacy for HIV Prevention issued its own report Tuesday, urging renewed investment in anti-AIDS strategies to ensure that the number of persons being treated for HIV finally surpasses the number of persons becoming newly infected.

“The world could soon reach a tipping point in the AIDS epidemic,” said Mitchell Warren, executive director of AVAC. But “the next 12 to 24 months are critical,” he said, calling for leadership and investments in high-impact strategies, such as the voluntary medical male-circumcision campaigns and greater access to anti-retroviral medicines that arrest the growth of the HIV virus and make it less likely to be transmitted.