Community Statistics

Within the African American community, gay, and bisexual men are the most affected.

    • Young Black MSM are severely affected and now account for more new infections (4,800 in 2010) than any other subgroup by race/ethnicity, age, and sex.
    • In 2010 there were an estimated 10,600 new HIV infections among African American MSM. By comparison, in the same year, there were an estimated 11,200 new HIV infections among white MSM and 6,700 new HIV infections among Hispanic/Latino MSM.
    • Young African American MSM aged 13 to 24 are especially affected by HIV. In 2010, they accounted for approximately 4,800 new HIV infections-more than any other age group or race of MSM. They accounted for more than half of new infections among MSM aged 13-24.
    • Among MSM in United States, Black/African American MSM accounted for the largest estimated number and percentage of diagnosis of HIV infection (11,805).
    • Among MSM in 2011, Black/African American MSM accounted for the highest estimated number and percentage of AIDS diagnosis (6,468).

Prevention Challenges

  • Black/African American MSM are more likely than MSM of other races/ethnicities to encounter broader social and economic factors such as limited access to and use of quality health care, lower income and educational attainment, higher rates of unemployment, and incarceration, which place them at higher risk for HIV
  • Additionally, the higher prevalence of HIV infection and sexually transmitted infections among MSM in African American communities leads to a greater risk of acquiring HIV among Black/African American MSM, even when risk behaviors are similar to those of other populations.
  • Awareness of HIV status is also a factor. Many Black/African American MSM with HIV, particularly young MSM, are unaware of their status. People who do not know they have HIV do not get medical care and may not adopt prevention behaviors, and thus, they can unknowingly infect others.
  • Stigma, Homophobia, and discrimination put MSM of all races and ethnicities at risk for multiple physical and mental health problems, and may affect whether MSM seek and are able to receive high-quality health services, including HIV testing, treatment, and other prevention services.

Reference: www.cdc.gov/hiv/risk/racialethnic/bmsm/facts/index.html

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