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10 HIV/AIDS Stories That Defined 2013 in the U.S.

December 1, 2013


'Alarming' Increases in HIV Cases Among Black MSM

"Alarming" Increases in HIV Cases Among Black MSM

The statistics on the epidemic in Black America are sobering. African Americans and other black communities represent only 14 percent of the nation's population but account for nearly half -- some 44 percent -- of all new HIV infections.

Black men who have sex with men experience the highest new infection rates in the country. New infections among young black MSM ages 13 to 19 soared by 48 percent between 2006 and 2009 -- an "alarming" increase according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Young, positive black MSM are also among the least likely to be aware of their infection, putting their own health and others' at risk.

Many researchers and policy makers believe that it is likely a "perfect storm" of factors -- late testing, poor access to health care, risk behaviors, stigma, racism, homophobia, etc. One small study also found young black MSM to likely have older sexual partners -- and are much more likely have sex with other black men, especially within "closed" sexual networks.

Rod McCullom has written and produced for ABC News, NBC and FOX, The Atlantic, the Los Angeles Times, EBONY, POZ and many others. Read his blog at Rod 2.0.

Copyright © 2013 Remedy Health Media, LLC, Inc. All rights reserved.

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