Health : Gay Black Men: 1 in 4 Chance of HIV by 25
A new study from The Black AIDS Institute, titled Back of the Line: The State of AIDS Among Black Gay Men in America 2012, has stated that: “HIV represents a lifelong threat for Black gay men. A young black gay man has a roughly 1-in-4 chance of being infected by age 25. By the time he is 40 years old, the odds a Black gay men will be living with HIV is roughly 60%”
This study, released just before the start of the International AIDS Society conference in Washington, DC, reveals that the number of gay black men with HIV is twice the number of gay white men with HIV.
Not only is the rate of infection higher for black men, the survival rate is also disproportional. The report also states that three years after an AIDS diagnosis, black MSM are less likely to still be alive than their white or Latino counterparts.
The latest CDC statistics show blacks make up only 14% of the population but have 44% of all new infections. In fact, in 2009, Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) made up 73% of all new infections in all black men. MSM between the ages of 13 and 29 saw more new infections than any other age and racial group of MSM.
This latest report by the Black AIDS Institute is dedicated to the belief that this state of affairs can – and must – change. It outlines an immediate action plan to end AIDS among Black gay men.
Download the full report here.