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November 26, 2013

The Gay HIV Epidemic Is Increasing in All Nations

The upward trajectory of HIV infection trends among gay men worldwide points to a dire future for that demographic, even as overall HIV incidence rates in the general population have been steadily dropping, aidsmap reports. Kevin Fenton, MD, PhD, the national director of health and wellbeing at Public Health England, presented a report on the epidemic among gay men to the British HIV Association fall conference.

Effective means to curb transmissions notwithstanding, the prevalence of the virus among men who have sex with men (MSM) is rising in almost all nations, with incidence levels unwaveringly stable. (Prevalence refers to the total number of people infected with the virus and incidence refers to the number of new HIV infections each year.) According to Fenton, controlling the epidemic in MSM will require optimizing testing programs for this population, although this effort will pose a significant challenge.

In low-income countries, MSM have an estimated eight-fold higher HIV prevalence rate compared with the general population, and MSM in high-income nations have 23 times the prevalence rate of the general population. There is apparently no country in the world where the HIV prevalence rate among MSM is lower than that of the population at large.

Part of the explanation for the disparity is biological. Anal sex is an estimated 18 times more efficient at transmitting HIV than vaginal intercourse.

The high prevalence of HIV in a “sexual network” also plays into the high prevalence rates among MSM. With higher numbers of partners and a more overlapping and interconnected network of partners, there are greater connections through which the virus can spread.

Psychosocial matters also contribute to high infection rates, including depression, anxiety, substance use, racism, childhood sexual abuse, familial rejection, homophobia and partner violence.

To read the aidsmap story, click here.

To read the report, click here.

Search: HIV, gay, MSM, men who have sex with men, global, epidemic, aidsmap, Kevin Fenton, Public Health England.


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Michael, Louisville, KY, 2013-12-30 11:50:49
Ever wonder which group they would have blamed AIDS on if the most efficient means of transmission would have been vaginal

DD, AL, 2013-12-28 14:14:06
whats interesting about this just a few years ago were any to classify hiv/aids the gay disease the progressive media would have figuratively burned them at the stake. how'd this post get so brave to call it as it has been primarily since first discovered?

lARRY wALKER, Denver, CO, 2013-12-21 19:04:09
Larry Ripely.......the title is spot on. Quote from the article (which you obviously have not read... There is apparently no country in the world where the HIV prevalence rate among MSM is lower than that of the population at large.

JOHN BROWN, PLEASANT GROVE, 2013-12-21 12:13:52
AMEN FOR TELLING THE TRUTH , EVEV IN THIS TIME WHERE THE TRUTH IS BEING HIDDEN BY THE LIBERAL PRESS , MORE OUGHT TO BE WILLING TO TAKE A STAND AGAINST THE LIES THAT SEEM TO MAKE THE HEADLINES GBU !!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous, , 2013-12-20 13:41:18
Larry - You must not have read the article. The headline is completely accurate. It refers to the HIV epidemic among specifically gay people and that it is sadly increasing worldwide among that group.

Larry Ripley, Virginia, 2013-12-20 13:14:18
How dare you title this article "Gay HIV...." this is not a gay disease and for you to label it as such sends us back 30 years into hate and intense homophobia.

jms, , 2013-12-15 19:54:41
Are you serious? Homophobia contributes to high infection rates? I smell a rat. This is propaganda.

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