Posted on November 18, 2011

HIV Rates Soar Among Young Black Men

Arthur Touchot, Medill, November 16, 2011

New HIV infections among young black men who have sex with men have increased nearly 50 percent between 2006 and 2009 in the U.S., according to a recent study.

The report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that African-American men had the highest rate of new HIV infections of all groups in 2009. Their rate of infection was more than 2 ½ times that of the next highest groups, Hispanic men and African-American women.

According to the study, new infections among black men who have sex with men aged 13 to 29 increased from 4,400 cases in 2006 to 6,500 cases in 2009. {snip}


The CDC study said reasons for the increase are not fully known, but may include an already high prevalence of HIV among black men who have sex with men, as well as societal factors, such as the stigma of HIV and homosexuality, limited access to health care, and poverty.