Half of black men who are gay and a quarter of Latino gay men will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetimes, if current trends continue, according to a first-of-its-kind analysis released Tuesday.
Gay and bisexual men, African-Americans, and people who live in the South have the highest risk of infection, according to the report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
death data from 2009 through 2013, the CDC projected the risk of HIV infection among certain groups of people and in every state. It presented the findings Tuesday at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Boston.
Overall, the lifetime risk of an HIV infection has dropped. Today it is 1 in 99. About a decade ago, the risk was 1 in 78.
Among other key findings:
— Among men who have sex with men, the risk of HIV infection is 1 in 6. But the risk varies by race. For black men who have sex with men, the risk is 1 in 2, for Latinos 1 in 4, and for whites 1 in 11.
— All African-American men have a lifetime risk of 1 in 20, compared with 1 in 132 for white men.
— Among people who inject drugs, the risk is 1 in 23 for women and 1 in 36 for men.
People in Washington, D.C., have the highest risk in the country, while people in North Dakota have the lowest. States with the highest risk are Maryland, Georgia, and Florida. Massachusetts ranks near the middle, with residents facing a lifetime risk of 1 in 121.
Actions can be taken to lower infection rates, said Dr. Jonathan Mermin, director of CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and Tuberculosis Prevention.
“The prevention and care strategies we have at our disposal today provide a promising outlook for future reductions of HIV infections and disparities in the US,” Mermin said in a statement.
I’m not surprised by these findings at all. Black men should not engage in homosexual activity period. These numbers prove the risk in doing so.
Black Gay stats
Cases of HIV transmission among promiscuous gay black men have skyrocketed according to a new study. New cases of HIV have declined steadily over the years among the heterosexual population. But cases of new HIV transmissions among black gay males, particularly in Chicago, have jumped almost 80% during the same time period.
Reports Sandra Rose via Chicago Tribune via Tattletailzz:
The new statistics are so alarming that black clergy have undertaken a massive campaign to save young black men in sexual crisis.
Data show that in Chicago, new HIV diagnoses of men who have sex with men and are younger than 30 jumped 76 percent from 2000 to 2011, and black men account for most of the increase. Older gay and bisexual men, meanwhile, have seen HIV diagnoses decline or stay steady.
“It makes it challenging, on one hand being encouraged by our successes in reducing HIV … but at the same time making sure that we’re all aware that there’s still this important subgroup that is beginning to carry a greater burden of the epidemic,” said Nikhil Prachand, director of HIV and sexually transmitted infection epidemiology at the city’s health department.
African-American (men who have sex with men) tend to live in predominantly African-American communities, and many of those communities in Chicago have a higher prevalence of HIV,” Prachand said. “They’re using condoms as or more often than other groups and they also have the same number of sex partners. It’s just that the context in which their behaviors occur happens to be in communities where there is more HIV.”
It’s real out here Fam. It seems like being gay and bi-sexual has become a trend since it’s become acceptable in society these days, but the fact remains it’s important to protect yourself at ALL times. It’s really sad most black men are caught up in jail and turning to each other for risky sex and downlow behavior. As a black woman it’s heart breaking to witness the deterioration of our black men. I pray for better day’s to come…