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AIDS Spreads Among Gay Men

John on June 27, 2008 at 12:03 pm

Consider this a follow up to this post, particularly to the comment thread. Today the CDC released new statistics covering 33 states which show:

The number of young homosexual men being newly diagnosed with HIV infection is rising by 12 percent a year, with the steepest upward trend in young black men, according to a new report.

The double-digit increase in young gay men is about 10 times higher than in the homosexual community overall, where the number of new infections is going up about 1.5 percent a year.

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The study found that homosexual men were the only risk group in which the number of new infections rose annually from 2001 through 2006. (Epidemiologists prefer the term “men who have sex with men,” or MSM, because many of them do not identify themselves as homosexual or gay.) In contrast, injecting-drug users, homosexual men who injected drugs, and heterosexuals each showed declines in new infections over that period.

So that should settle the question of whether or not this is all about drug use or not. Again, because people are so eager to take things out of context, let me stipulate that AIDS being primarily a gay disease does not make it any more acceptable or any less horrible. It does mean that we should focus efforts to stop the disease in the communities where it is actually most likely to spread. Everyone agrees this is a disease that can be set back through behavior changes (whether that’s abstinence or condoms, etc.).

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