Illinois: Black Prides Hold Historic HIV Forum
July 12, 2010
HIV activists meeting in Chicago recently heard some good news in a generally discouraging portrait of the epidemic among black men who have sex with men (MSM). Participants at a June 30 conference sponsored by the Chicago Black Gay Men's Caucus presented survey data indicating many black MSM "unaware of their HIV infection had acquired their infection in the past year and were engaged in HIV testing and medical care at similar rates as other MSM."
On the other hand, epidemiological data from the survey "didn't tell us anything we didn't already know," said Lora Branch, director of administration for the Chicago Department of Public Health. Black MSM were twice as likely as white and Latino peers to have HIV. Some 50 percent of black MSM surveyed were not aware of their HIV infection status at the time of the survey.
Windy City Times (Chicago)
07.07.2010; Mason Harrison
This article was provided by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update. Visit the CDC's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
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