in Ten Young MSM in Urban Areas Has HIV, Survey Says
by Jon Garbo
More than one in ten young gay and bisexual men who live in urban areas are infected with HIV, and among them African-Americans and Latinos are hit especially hard, according to a six-city study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The study was presented February 5 at the Eighth Conference of Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Chicago, IL.
The researchers identified a high level of risky sexual behavior among participants in all cities. Overall, 46 percent reported having had unprotected anal intercourse (without a condom) in the previous six months.
Further adding to the risk of HIV transmission, only 29 percent of the HIV-positive participants were aware of their infection.
When researchers divided the participants into two age groups, they found that the rates of HIV infection increased with age. Around 10 percent of the 23- to 25-year-olds had HIV, compared to 14.2 percent of the 26- to 29-year-olds.
"These findings underscore the critical need to reach gay and bisexual men early with sustained HIV prevention efforts," the study authors concluded.
Updated: Tuesday, 6 February 2001
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