Saturday, December 27, 2014

Among all gay and bisexual men, African Americans are disproportionately affected by HIV, especially young black men

Black gay/bisexual men succumbed to as many HIV infections as all whites combined despite being a much smaller portion of the population. Despite decades of deadly experience, gay/bisexual African American men use of condoms is declining; most eschew this simple form of protection. In 2011, for example, some 57% of gay blacks self-reported having unprotected sex, a 19% increase between 2005 and 2011. In other words, some 30 years after scientific research unequivocally established the connection between certain sexual practices, disdaining condoms and contracting HIV, young African Americans just ignore the link.

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