This amplifies previous concerns raised in June: The Chicago Public Health Department estimates black gay/bisexual men have double the HIV seroconversion rates of white and Hispanic men and the vast majority are unaware of their status, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Christopher Brown with the CDPH tells Chicago Public Radio: "Most of the infections were newly acquired. That means that they were infected within the last year. This is clearly an indication that the Chicago epidemic continues to grow and spread particularly among black men who have sex with men."
Brown says nearly 70 percent of black men in that group did NOT know they were infected.
Rod 2.0 reported earlier this summer on a previous Chicago study that found at least 30 percent of black gay and bisexual men were infected, and, at least two-thirds were unaware of their positive status. The new report is more accurate and "marks the first time Chicago health officials have used blood-testing to determine infection rates among men."
The new Chicago data continues a disturbing trend reported on Rod 2.0 on HIV seroconversions among black gay men, who are the demographic hardest hit by the epidemic. Black gay and bisexual men who are poz are also much more likely to be unaware of their status and seek medical treatment much later.
Study: Half of Chicago’s HIV-Poz Men Unaware [Tribune]
Half of HIV Positive Men Don't Know They're Infected [WBEZ]
Some Background ...
Black Church "Needs to Remove HIV Shame" [R20]
CDC: "Alarming" HIV Rates in Young BGM in MS [R20]
Jonathan Perry in "The Advocate" [R20]
Ending Black Homophobia Will Reduce HIV [R20]
CDC: Young Black Gay Men Hit Hardest by New HIV Infections [R20]
HIV Spreading in NYC at Three Times National Rate Black/Latino Gay Men Hit Hardest [R20]
CDC: "Troubling" Rise in HIV Among Black Gay Men [R20]
GMHC's "I Love My Boo" Campaign [R20]
HIV Rates Rising Among Black NYC Gay Men [R20]
The HIV Morning After Pill? [R20]
Black Gay Men and "The Pill" [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]
POZ Examines Race and the “Down Low” [R20]