NYTimes: "Poor Black and Hispanic Men Are the Face of H.I.V."

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    Dec 05, 2013 11:21 AM GMT

    "The AIDS epidemic in America is rapidly becoming concentrated among poor, young black and Hispanic men who have sex with men. Despite years of progress in preventing and treating H.I.V. in the middle class, the number of new infections nationwide remains stubbornly stuck at 50,000 a year — more and more of them in these men, who make up less than 1 percent of the population. Giselle, a homeless 23-year-old transgender woman with cafe-au-lait skin, could be called the new face of the epidemic. Nationally, when only men under 25 infected through gay sex are counted, 80 percent are black or Hispanic — even though they engage in less high-risk behavior than their white peers. Gay black youths are hard to reach, experts say. Few are out to their families. Many live in places where gays are stigmatized and cannot afford to move. Few attend schools with gay pride clubs or gay guidance counselors."
  • Paperless_Pen

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    Dec 06, 2013 1:46 AM GMT

    "Jones was disturbed by the fact that HIV was so normalized among people of color in the U.S., accepted as something that we can do little to prevent or stop from taking over our bodies, family members and communities."

    We can do something about it and we need to act. Educate and promote condom usage.