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10 HIV/AIDS Stories That Defined 2011 in the US

December 1, 2011


HIV Spikes Among MSM

HIV Spikes Among MSM

The overall number of new domestic HIV infections is about 50,000 every year. Gay and bisexual men -- or "men who have sex with men" (MSM) in public health jargon -- account for nearly two-thirds of new infections.

Infection rates in almost all groups are relatively stable -- except among young MSM, especially young MSM of color. Infections in that group have soared by 48% from 2006 to 2009. A recent study found almost one in three black MSM are positive, compared to about one in six white MSM. Young, positive black MSM are also among the least likely to be aware of their infection, putting their own health at risk (and potentially that of others).

Researchers, policy experts and advocates are trying to pinpoint why this is happening (there are many theories), and hope to mobilize a better response to the issue.

Rod McCullom has written and produced for ABC News and NBC, and has reported for Ebony, The Advocate, Colorlines, the Black AIDS Institute and others. Rod blogs on politics, pop culture and black gay news at

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