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Report: Half Of Gay, Bisexual Black Men Will Get HIV

| by Michael Allen

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a study in February that predicted fifty percent of black men, who have sex with other men, are likely to contract HIV.

The CDC based its projections on HIV diagnoses and deaths from 2009 to 2013.

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The CDC study also found that 25 percent of Hispanic men, who engage in sex with other men, will get a HIV diagnosis, and 1 in 11 white gay/bisexual men will face the same outcome.

Among women who will contract HIV, the CDC reports that 1 in 48 African-Americans,1 in 227 Hispanics and 1 in 880 whites will be diagnosed.

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When it comes to Americans in general, there is a 1 in 99 chance of being diagnosed with HIV, while gay and bisexual men have a 1 in 6 chance.

The highest risk states for HIV are Maryland, Georgia, Louisiana and Florida.

“These estimates are a sobering reminder that gay and bisexual men face an unacceptably high risk for HIV—and of the urgent need for action,” Dr. Eugene McCray, director of the CDC’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, stated, notes The Daily Beast.

“If we work to ensure that every American has access to the prevention tools we know work, we can avoid the outcomes projected in this study,” McCray added.

“As alarming as these lifetime risk estimates are, they are not a foregone conclusion, they are a call to action,” Dr. Jonathan Mermin, director of the CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and Tuberculosis Prevention, stated.

“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 U.S.,” Mermin added. “[B]ut hundreds of thousands of people will be diagnosed in their lifetime if we don’t scale up efforts now.”

Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The Daily Beast / Photo Credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention