Black MSM Twice as Likely as White MSM to Be Living With HIV, Researchers Say
December 4, 2007
Black men who have sex with men in the U.S. are twice as likely as white MSM to be living with HIV, federal researchers announced on Monday at a national HIV prevention conference, the Baltimore Sun reports. Kevin Fenton -- director of CDC's National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention -- said that MSM "account for almost half of all estimated to be living with HIV" in the U.S. and that black MSM are the "most heavily impacted." Researchers at the conference said they are somewhat unclear about why disparity exists, the Sun reports. A recent study found little differences in the rates of unprotected sex among black and white MSM. However, the practice was common among both groups, according to the Sun (Bor, Baltimore Sun, 12/4).
According to the researchers, all of the new statistics confirm that much more must be done. "This shows that prevention messages have to be continually refreshed, and responsive to those who are younger," Kenneth Mayer, medical research director at Fenway Community Health, said (HealthDay News/Forbes, 12/3).
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