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Friday, August 5, 2011

CDC Reports Rise in HIV Infections for Young Gay Black Men

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced on Wednesday a troubling rise in new HIV infections among young gay men and men who have sex with men. New HIV cases rose by nearly 50% among young African-American gay men, the sharpest increase of any group.

“We face a snowballing health crisis among young, gay African-American men,” said David Ernesto Munar, president/CEO of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC). “Immediate measures are needed to prevent an even greater health emergency.”

According to the CDC, young gay men ages 13-29 accounted for 44% of new HIV cases among gay men in 2009. An estimated 2,100 young African-American gay men contracted HIV between 2006 and 2009, a 48% increase. Data from the Chicago Department of Public Health indicates that reported HIV cases among young gay African-American men 13-29 rose 62% from 2005-2008, mirroring the national trend.

AFC is heightening its response to HIV among young gay men to address the high rates of new infections. The agency kicked off 2011 with broad community education on the intersection of anti-gay bullying, homophobia, and HIV. Renowned advocate for gay youth Dan Savage headlined the Spring Luncheon, and through an array of new programs, AFC is working to expand testing and linkage to care for gay men of color, including young gay men.

“HIV infections can be prevented.  By getting tested, reducing risky behaviors, and getting treatment, people can protect themselves and their loved ones,” said CDC Director Thomas Frieden, M.D. We at Planned Parenthood agree! Learn more about HIV/AIDS and how to get tested locally here.

Read the CDC's report here, and read the HIV/AIDS 2006-2009 incidence report here.

Technorati tags: Planned Parenthood, HIV, CDC, AIDS Foundation of Chicago, LGBT, GYT

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