No Turning Back
Addressing the HIV Crisis Among Men Who Have Sex with Men
CDC -- Partnering with Communities to Renew HIV Prevention Among MSM
To strengthen HIV prevention for MSM, CDC carefully monitors disease trends, provides funding for science-based HIV prevention programs at the local level, and conducts research to improve approaches to prevention for MSM and other communities. Although CDC has long prioritized health promotion efforts targeting MSM, certain MSM populations have yet to benefit fully. A major challenge for the future -- for both CDC and its community partners -- is to strengthen and accelerate HIV prevention efforts among all MSM.
In 2001, CDC embarked on a new five-year strategic plan to cut annual infections in the U.S. in half within five years, from 40,000 infections per year to 20,000 per year by 2005. The new strategy is highly targeted to both HIV-positive individuals and populations at high risk for infection, including MSM. CDC estimates that there are currently 800,000 to 900,000 individuals living with HIV in the U.S. and that nearly 300,000 of them are unaware of their infection.
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