Skip to comments.H.I.V. Diagnosis Rates Continue to Rise Among Young Men, African-Americans
Posted on 06/27/2008 11:15:29 AM PDT by Zakeet
Diagnoses of H.I.V. and AIDS in men who have sex with men rose significantly between 2001 and 2006 while declining in other demographic groups, the federal Centers for Disease Control reported Thursday.
The increase in diagnoses was especially high among males between the ages of 13 and 24, with an annual increase of 12.4 percent, compared to 1.5 percent for men overall. The annual increase was still higher among young African-American men who have sex with men, nearly 15 percent.
Among African-American men of all ages who have sex with men, the annual increase in diagnoses was 1.9 percent.
Experts said yesterday that the new statistics were an ominous -- but not necessarily surprising -- indicator that the epidemic continues to flourish among gay men more than 25 years after it began.
Its a grim report, said Dr. Ronald Stall, an epidemiologist and professor of public health at the University of Pittsburgh. It means roughly speaking that about half of the American AIDS epidemic is occurring among a few percent of the adult population. And the terrible trends were seeing among white gay men are even amplified further among minority men.
Jennifer Hecht, education director at the Stop AIDS Project in San Francisco, said that lack of access to information was a key factor in the increase in infection rates.
In a lot of ways this is connected to the administrations policy of emphasizing abstinence-only education, she said. And the high rates we see among black men and other minorities indicate that its very much connected to larger issues like poverty and racism.
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The left is highly practiced at making obscenely ludicrous comments with a straight face. There are two absolute requirements for being a leftist. One must be an utter hypocrite and thoroughly shameless. Don’t be surprised when these people exhibit both, to a degree which would make normal people unable to show their faces in public.
I find it impossible to believe that anybody today doesn't know homosexual acts are risky and lead to AIDS.
It is entirely the fault of men having sex with men.
There is no law that one must engage in that deadly behavior. Therefore, it is a choice.
It’s Bush’s fault - he had the CIA train a laser atupid ray on urban minority males.
That’s a headline and story that can be dragged out and run at any time. It is certainly not news, it’s just a recurring fact. The news will be about the drop in HIV/AIDS whenever and if ever certain people desist from certain behaviors.
The increase in AIDS infection is due to the effectiveness of new AIDS drug treatments. Gays that would have otherwise died of AIDS are being kept alive and spreading the disease further and wider.
San Fransisco must not have gotten my memo. I’ll post it again.
MEMO: When you drag your meat through the dirt it gets dirt on it.
Jennifer, the increase in infection rates is not due to a lack of access to information. It's due to unmentionable behavior, and something called "bug-chasing."
Here in the DC-Baltimore area, urban blacks between the ages of 18 and 55 have a nearly EIGHT PERCENT rate of infection.
:::sarc tag in case it is needed:::
There has been an “out and proud” gay black community in New York for several decades now.
I thought that’s what was happening, LOL.
This is “grim” news to this doctor? Perhaps only from the perspective of gays.
For the rest of us, I think it’s a cause to be celebrated that it’s not endemic in the rest of society.
It’s not like heteros are going unscathed by STDs. Apparently 1 in 5 adult Americans has genital herpes! You never get rid of it! 20% is a HUGE percentage. You look at 5 adults, statistically 1 in 5 can have it. Of course, again it probably hits hardest in high risk subsets but still, you gotta think if it’s 20% of the “overall” population, it’s gotta be 50% or more in certain groups of heteros (promiscuous, iv drug users, swingers, whatever).
These people are blatantly lying. It’s not about lack of access to information. They say that to get more funding for “new” programs that keep them employed.
It’s about gay men wanting to catch HIV on purpose because you can’t be a real gay unless you are HIV+. It is about gay men not wanting to wear condoms when they engage in sodomy because it’s a ‘pain in the ass’. /semi-sarc
I want a sex registry database. (not really) Or a license to have sex registry, and all sex partners must have their sexual liasons put in a database, so that their exposures to STDs can be tracked and so that potential sex partners can know a person’s sex history before he/she gets involved with the other person. We have databases that record vehicle collision histories and what-not. Why not sex histories?????????????????????
I really am not being serious, but it would be helpful . . .
No, it's related to the Myth of the Suffering AIDS Victim among homosexuals.
It's Drama Queen Stuff.
And the high rates we see among black men and other minorities indicate that its very much connected to larger issues like poverty and racism.
No, it's the Down-Low Syndrome among Black bisexuals and homosexuals. They are in denial about their behavior.