The rate of HIV infections in the U.S. dropped by 20 percent over the past decade, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control that examines HIV trends from 2010-2014. But while some subsections of the American population have experienced dramatic improvements, others saw things get worse. 

African Americans are far more likely to contract HIV than any other racial or ethnic group. The rate of infections for blacks was 49.4 per 100,000 people in 2014, compared to 18.4 for Latinos, 9.5 for American Indians, 6.2 for Asians and 6.1 for whites. 

In contrast to AIDS-ravaged countries in sub-Saharan Africa, where HIV infections are high among women and children, in the U.S., the virus predominantly affects gay men. Seventy percent of new diagnoses in 2014 were for gay men, Jonathan Mermin, director of the agency's STD division, told Reuters. 

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