Monday, September 27
This coming Monday is National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, a day to not only bring attention to and promote understanding of the disproportionate burden of HIV among gay and bisexual men, but also to recommit ourselves to the fight to end this devastating epidemic.
STATISTICS WE ALREADY KNEW:
- The rate of new HIV infection in the U.S. is increasing among only one risk group: gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM).
- 57% of those with new HIV infections in the U.S. each year and are gay or bisexual men or MSM who inject drugs.
- 53% of people living with HIV in the U.S. are gay or bisexual men or MSM who inject drugs.
NEW STATISTICS RELEASED YESTERDAY:
A new CDC study reports on survey and HIV test results from 8,153 MSM in 21 major U.S. cities participating in the 2008 National HIV Behavioral Surveillance System (NHBS) and found:
- Approximately 1 in 5 MSM in the 21 cities included in the analysis was infected with HIV. Almost one-third (28%) of black MSM, 18% of Hispanic MSM, and 16% of white MSM were infected with HIV (based on data collected from a study in 21 cities)
- Of those with HIV, nearly half (44%) were unaware of their infection. Young MSM and MSM of color with HIV were least likely to know of their infection.
- Socioeconomic status and HIV status were linked among MSM. Prevalence of HIV increased as education and income decreased, and awareness of HIV status was higher among MSM with greater education and income.
- HIV rates in MSM varied across the cities in the study, from a low of 6% in Atlanta to 39% in Baltimore. More than one quarter of MSM were infected in Baltimore, Dallas, Houston, Miami, and New York.
Kickstart your action to refocus attention on HIV prevention and treatment among gay and bisexual men this Monday, September 27 for NGMHAAD. As the numbers show, it is critical we do so! Click here to visit CDC’s newly launched web page focused on the health of gay and bisexual men
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