A shocking and disturbing new study was just released form the Centers For Disease Control. According to the CDC, half of all gay and bisexual Black men will be infected with HIV in their lifetime.
According to a new analysis by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), half of black gay or bisexual men and a quarter of Latino gay or bisexual men nationwide are expected to be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime.
The new study is sending shockwaves through the LGBT community. “That is extraordinarily devastating,” Leanne Savola, the HIV and STI program director at the Detroit Health Department, said about the CDC’s projection.
“An entire population of our youth is going to have this disease … for the rest of their lives because we haven’t done enough to figure out how to halt the transmission. That’s where we really need to focus our programming and ideas more broadly.”
The report also stated that, “an estimated 1,122,900 people had HIV at the end of 2015. African American gay and bisexual men accounted for 18% (201,800) of all people with HIV and 32% of all gay and bisexual men with HIV.”
There are major challenges against prevention including stigma, homophobia, and discrimination put gay and bisexual men of all races/ethnicities at risk for multiple physical and mental health problems and may affect whether they seek and are able to receive high-quality health services, including HIV testing, treatment, and other prevention services. In addition to stigma and other risk factors affecting , several factors are specific to African American gay and bisexual men.