Continuing a disturbing trend reported at Rod 2.0 ... After public health officials in New York City announce the largest increases in HIV rates are seen in young black gay men, the Centers for Disease Control now says the largest increases nationwide are seen in young black and gay men and the escalating seroconversions are "troubling." US News & World Report:
The latest data on HIV infection across 33 states finds new diagnoses jumping by 12 percent annually between 2001 and 2006 among young gay and bisexual men.
Researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say the rise is "especially concerning" for young black men aged 13 to 24 who have sex with men. For this group, the annual rate of new HIV diagnoses rose by 15 percent annually, compared to a 9 percent and an 8 percent annual rise among their white and Hispanic peers, respectively.
The results are published in today's edition of the CDC journal Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Researchers report a "noticeable decline" in HIV transmission from 2001 to 2006 in all demographics except among the high-risk MSM.
In related news, tomorrow, Friday, June 27, is National HIV Testing Day across the United States. Going into gay pride weekend, it's always better to be safe than sorry.
Some Background ...
GMHC's "I Love My Boo" Campaign [R20]
HIV Rates Rising Among Black NYC Gay Men [R20]
CDC Tracking "Serious" Strain of Syphilis [R20]
The HIV Morning After Pill? [R20]
Black Gay Men and "The Pill" [R20]
Jonathan Perry in "The Advocate" [R20]
Ending Black Homophobia Will Reduce HIV [R20]
Do You Disclose Your HIV Status? [R20]
Primetime Reports Black HIV Epidemic [After Elton]
"Out of Control: AIDS in Black America" [R20]
POZ Examines Race and the Down Low [R20]
HIV Rates Rise Among NYC Black Gay Men [R20]
Phill Wilson: Candidates Must Address HIV/AIDS [R20]
POZ Examines Race and the “Down Low” [R20]
"Urban Rally Against AIDS" [R20]
The ABCs of Black HIV [R20]