One-Fifth of U.S. Gay Men Have HIV

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    Dec 05, 2011 7:14 AM GMT
    The report doesn't count closeted ones.

    http://www.thebody.com/content/art61388.html

    Nearly 20% of gay and bisexual men in 21 large U.S. cities are HIV positive, but more than 40% do not know their status, according to study findings described in the September 24, 2010, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

    Investigators from the CDC collected data from the National HIV Behavioral Surveillance system on HIV prevalence among men who have sex with men (MSM), defined as having had sex with another man at least once during the past year. The analysis included more than 8,000 men in 21 metropolitan statistical areas surveyed during 2008. Participants completed anonymous interviews and received HIV blood tests.

    Overall HIV prevalence (total infections) was 19%. Rates were highly variable across cities, however, ranging from 6% in Atlanta to 38% in Baltimore. Early epicenters of the epidemic had above-average to high rates, including Chicago (19%), Los Angeles (19%), San Francisco (23%), and New York City (29%). Several higher-prevalence cities were located in the south, including Dallas (26%), Houston (26%), Miami (25%), and New Orleans (21%). But Washington, D.C. -- often cited as one of the most heavily impacted cities -- was below average at 14%.

    Looking at demographic factors, men who identified as homosexual and bisexual had similar HIV prevalence rates (19% and 18%, respectively), more than twice as high as self-identified heterosexuals (8%). Prevalence rose with increasing age -- from 7% among men age 18-19 up to 28% for the 40-49 age group and 25% for those age 50 or older.

    Consistent with other studies, African Americans had the highest prevalence (28%), Asians had the lowest (8%), and whites and Hispanics were in between (16% and 18%, respectively). Prevalence fell as education level and income increased.

    Overall, 44% of the men who tested HIV positive as part of this study had not previously known they were infected. By self-identification, 39% of homosexual men knew their status compared with 63% of men who said they were bisexual or heterosexual. Racial/ethnic disparities were again apparent, with 59% of black men, 46% of Hispanics, 43% of Asians, and 26% of white men not knowing they were positive. Lack of awareness was especially high among young men, reaching 75% for the 18-19 age group.

    "Because MSM represent the only group with increasing HIV incidence and comprise the largest proportion of new infections, it is critical to target resources and prevention strategies to MSM," the study authors wrote.
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    Dec 05, 2011 1:55 PM GMT
    What is more troubling:
    -that 1 out of 3 gay men in NYC has HIV.
    -that 40% don't know they do

    icon_idea.gif Get a take-home test at Walgreen's (prick your finger, put a drop of blood on a test strip, send it in, wait a day or two, and call the 800 number with your anonymous code)! If you're positive, there are tons of ways to keep you healthy.

    Take care of yourselves, guys.
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    Dec 05, 2011 2:02 PM GMT
    Pretty damn terrifying. 20 years in we still don't know how to keep ourselves from getting infected. Well I suppose we still don't know where babies come from, either, given the number of unplanned pregnancies, so I should not be surprised.
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    Dec 05, 2011 2:04 PM GMT
    njmeanwhile saidPretty damn terrifying. 20 years in we still don't know how to keep ourselves from getting infected. Well I suppose we still don't know where babies come from, either, given the number of unplanned pregnancies, so I should not be surprised.


    We know, we just don't think it could ever happen to us.
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    Dec 05, 2011 2:07 PM GMT
    Yet another reason I want a monogamous relationship
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    Dec 05, 2011 2:09 PM GMT
    Amazing! Thanks for sharing!
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    Dec 05, 2011 2:12 PM GMT
    NewNDiscreet saidYet another reason I want a monogamous relationship

    Even a monogamous relationship will not protect you from HIV. He could cheat on you and pass the virus to you. It's better to wrap it up at all times!
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    Dec 05, 2011 2:18 PM GMT
    bigeasydude said
    NewNDiscreet saidYet another reason I want a monogamous relationship

    Even a monogamous relationship will not protect you from HIV. He could cheat on you and pass the virus to you. It's better to wrap it up at all times!


    Very true! What about oral though? I haven't met men who actually wear a condom for that! And when I've requested that, they look at me strangely.
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    Dec 05, 2011 2:22 PM GMT
    NewNDiscreet said
    bigeasydude said
    NewNDiscreet saidYet another reason I want a monogamous relationship

    Even a monogamous relationship will not protect you from HIV. He could cheat on you and pass the virus to you. It's better to wrap it up at all times!


    Very true! What about oral though? I haven't met men who actually wear a condom for that! And when I've requested that, they look at me strangely.


    I think HPV and cancer are the bigger risks from oral but in general yes it is a myth to call that "safe" too.
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    Dec 05, 2011 2:54 PM GMT
    NewNDiscreet saidYet another reason I want a monogamous relationship


    This does not guarantee remaining HIV-
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    Dec 05, 2011 2:58 PM GMT
    Well you expected something else when the likes of "chainers" is your hero here? LMAO
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    Dec 05, 2011 3:11 PM GMT
    NewNDiscreet saidYet another reason I want a monogamous relationship
    You are only as monogamous as your partner.
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    Dec 05, 2011 3:14 PM GMT
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    This is troubling. Exactly how much bareback sex is going on in MSM groups? Are people using condoms?

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    Dec 05, 2011 3:15 PM GMT
    bigeasydude said
    NewNDiscreet saidYet another reason I want a monogamous relationship

    Even a monogamous relationship will not protect you from HIV. He could cheat on you and pass the virus to you. It's better to wrap it up at all times!


    So. True.

  • WVHilltopguy

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    Dec 05, 2011 3:35 PM GMT
    There are ways for the community to come together, both those that are positive and those that are still negative to understand each others situation. I feel many are afraid to get tested due to social stigma thrown upon them by those in the gay community that are lucky enough to remain hiv negative and give positive people condescending attitude, using terms as "clean" to describe their pompous selves. Nasty comments whispered in bars, such as, "he's et up with it" or "what's he doing here" directed towards hiv positive people trying to have a healthy social life, drives those that may get tested farther back into the closet of denial, thus making the problem worse.

    Lighten up and support your friends to get tested, support them to remain healthy if they do test positive, support them to remain negative if they do test negative. Be an enlightened friend to those around you.

    In many areas, there is a wonderful prevention, social program geared towards younger guys called MPowerment:

    MPowerment http://mpowerment.org/

    MPowerment is a model HIV prevention program that has been specifically designed to address the needs of young gay and bisexual men ages 18-29. Scientific studies demonstrate that the program reduces the rates of unprotected sex among this group, and thus lowers the rate of new HIV infection.

    The MProject mobilizes young gay/bisexual men to shape a healthy community for themselves, build positive social connections, and support their friends to have safer sex. Mpowerment staff coordinates outreach, community-building, and compelling activities for gay and bisexual men.


    For those that think monogamy is going to save you from an hiv infection, need to talk to the many I have heard over the years that have been infected by a partner that has gotten around. Even more astounding, those have found out their live in partner of 3 or more years is positive, when they find their medication stached away in a drawer.

    Take care of yourselves and those close to you. Some love and respect in our community will go a long ways towards getting this virus contained for the benefit of all, positive or negative.

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    Dec 05, 2011 3:40 PM GMT
    Once the negative stereotypes and connotations for people with HIV die down, then less people will be afraid to get tested or be open and honest about it.

    Too many guys are too stupid to get tested, yet their destructive behavior should be an obvious sign to do so. I wish the media wouldn't push promiscuous lifestyles, i.e. Jersey Shore/any MTV show, all music on the radio, etc. It's all about sex, once we realize that Rihanna really found a dick in a hopeless place and not love, and Lady Gaga wants to really take a ride on your disco dick, we wont be so carelessly obsessed with sex.
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    Dec 07, 2011 9:15 PM GMT
    You gotta wrap it at all times bottom line. Though you really have to wonder what kind of sociopath would date a guy then fuck around on him unsafely with others.

    I think people do things in the heat of the moments. For example I used to get blown from guys online years ago. Maybe 10% of the guys did not swallow. They did not say in the beginning I want to swallow...but I'd have them sucking me and be like swallow my load it is so hot blah blah and they would.

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    Dec 07, 2011 9:18 PM GMT
    Scary. As. Fuck.
  • jim_sf

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    Dec 07, 2011 9:23 PM GMT
    40% don't know their status. Gosh. THERE's a surprise. icon_rolleyes.gif

    Yeah, it's scary going in for testing, knowing that you might not get the all-clear. Skipping the test doesn't mean that you're HIV-negative, though; it just means that the virus is progressing along unchecked while you're being a chickenshit about it.
  • hdtod

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    Dec 08, 2011 1:55 AM GMT
    Reason I haven't been with a guy in long timeicon_cry.gif
    Scares me to death
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    Dec 08, 2011 1:58 AM GMT
    Geez, 1 in 4? that means that several of my friends have it icon_sad.gif
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    Dec 08, 2011 1:59 AM GMT
    oh good that will get ride of some of them hahahaicon_twisted.gif
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    Dec 08, 2011 2:00 AM GMT
    Ugh I swear I am so paranoid about this. This is not cool. You sluts need to compose yourselves. Shit, think hoes. Dicks are a plenty, lives you have, are only one.
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    Dec 08, 2011 2:01 AM GMT
    Aggieboy saidGeez, 1 in 4? that means that several of my friends have it icon_sad.gif

    That's not funny...
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    Dec 08, 2011 2:02 AM GMT
    Trollileo said
    archon saidoh good that will get ride of some of them hahahaicon_twisted.gif
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