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July 20, 2012

The State of AIDS Among Black Gay Men in America 2012

Young gay black men have a roughly one in four chance of contracting HIV by age 25, according to a new report by the Black AIDS Institute. Another finding: By the time a gay black man is 40 years old, the odds that he’ll be HIV positive are roughly 60 percent. Titled Back of the Line, the report also outlines an immediate action plan to end AIDS among U.S. young gay black men. This population is unlikely to benefit from new biomedical tools to prevent HIV transmission, the report states, adding that these AIDS deaths are due to the combined effects of poverty, unemployment, racism, homophobia and lack of health coverage.

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David, Dallas, TX, 2012-07-23 17:43:14
I am disturbed by one of the items included in the action plan "..increase awareness of risks to young men from having sex with older men." Statistically, yes older MSM as a GROUP are more likely in cumulative years of potential exposures to be HIV+. But with the same logic, Black MSM should be avoided because of the higher HIV+ prevalence in that group. Either recommendation would be patently prejudiced. The INDIVIDUAL cannot be assumed to have the same traits of the statistical GROUP.

Greg H, Davenport, FL, 2012-07-23 10:46:27
Although I am not a part of the black gay community, I am very encouraged by the recent trends toward acceptance of the LGBT community in the general black community. This shift started with Obama's support of same-sex marriage, then quickly echoed by the NAACP. Hopefully, anti-gay bigotry is on its way out in the black community, and black LGBT people won't need to hide within their own families and greater black community. Openness eventually brings acceptance.

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