The federal government study states that although homosexual men are only two percent of the US population, currently their behavior accounts for 53% of all new HIV infections.
-- From "Study puts HIV rate among gay men at 1 in 5" by Darryl Fears, Washington Post Staff Writer 9/24/10
One in five gay men in the United States has HIV, and almost half of those who carry the virus are unaware that they are infected, according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study.
The study tested more than 8,000 men in 21 cities in 2008, making it the most comprehensive such research by the CDC.
The findings were released Thursday, ahead of National Gay Men's HIV Awareness Day on Monday.
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From "HIV among Gay, Bisexual and Other Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM)" posted at Federal HHS - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) September 2010
In 2007, MSM were 44 to 86 times as likely to be diagnosed with HIV compared with other men, and 40 to 77 times as likely as women.
From 2005–2008, estimated diagnoses of HIV infection increased approximately 17% among MSM. This increase was likely due to a combination of factors: increases in new infections, increased testing, and diagnosis earlier in the course of infection; it may also have been due to uncertainty in statistical models.
In 2008, an estimated 17,940 MSM were diagnosed with AIDS in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the US dependent areas—an increase of 6% since 2005.
By the end of 2007, an estimated 282,542 MSM with an AIDS diagnosis had died in the United States and 5 dependent areas.
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