New York: HIV Stats Stagger; Black Gay Prevention Panel Offers Sobering Insights
November 18, 2005
At the Fashion Institute of Technology on Nov. 14, a panel discussed the state of HIV prevention among African-American gay men. The meeting followed a CDC report which found that of 1,767 gay or bisexual men surveyed in five US cities, 46 percent of black men were HIV-positive, compared to 21 percent of white men and 17 percent of Latinos.
"To say that we have a lot of work to do is an understatement of monstrous proportions," said Mark J. McLaurin, a panelist and the federal affairs director of New York AIDS Coalition, which represents New York HIV organizations. He said "much of what we have done has not been effective." "We must demand more of ourselves as leaders and I include myself in that category."
"This number is based on a sample of fewer than 2,000 men," said Dr. Darrell P. Wheeler, a professor at Hunter College School of Social Work, who called the figures a "snapshot." He is a principal investigator for Brothers y Hermanos, a CDC-funded study to provide baseline data about the "contextual experience" of some 2,000 black and Latino gay men. "We have no clue, at this late date in the epidemic, what drives black gay men to stay safe," said Wheeler. About 50 people attended the discussion.
Gay City News (New York City)
11.17.2005; Duncan Osborne
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.