Chicago Study Looks at HIV Among Gay Men, Finds Many Unaware of Status
June 3, 2009
More than 17 percent of gay men in Chicago have HIV, and 39 percent went untested in the last 12 months because of fear of the results, according to a study of nearly 600 gay men in the city by the Chicago Department of Health, the Chi-Town Daily News reports. The study also found that gay black men had an infection rate that was more than twice the rates of gay white and Hispanic men. Jim Pickett, director of advocacy for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, said the findings indicate that, "We need to incorporate HIV into a broader or more holistic framework (covering) gay men's health needs from top to toe." The city will formally release the studys results next week (Parker, Chi-Town Daily News, 6/2).
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