New HIV Infections Up in Young Gay Men
Really bad news, guys. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released the results of a new study on HIV and AIDS that shows a 22 percent increase in new infections among young men who have sex with other men. While the rate of infection has pretty much stayed the same in the U.S. for most other groups, according to the report, gay and bisexual men now account for 66 percent of all new infections.
To put it into perspective, while gay and bisexual men account for an estimated four percent of the population in this country, male-to-male sex accounts for more than three-fourths of all new HIV infections.
Worse is that younger gay and bisexual men are also testing positive at alarming rates. Among men ages 13 to 24, HIV infections have increased by 22 percent. And young black men now account for more than half of all new HIV infections.
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