Our latest piece for Black AIDS Weekly: "New Data Reveal HIV Hammering Black Gay and Bisexual Men."
Just recently, the CDC reported HIV diagnoses among gay/bi men are more than 44 times that of other men. Even higher are new infections among teenaged black gay men.
At age 19, Darion (name changed) tested HIV-positive. The Black gay Florida college student wasperified." "I thought my life was over," he says. "So I tried to ignore it. "Even scarier than his diagnosis: What if his religious parents discovered he was "poz"? "I was in college and on their insurance," he recalls. "I didn't see a doctor or get any meds until I moved out on my own. That was two years later."
Darion is one of an escalating number of Black gay and bisexual men—"men who have sex with men," or MSM, in public-health jargon—testing positive for HIV. And infection rates have been increasing at "alarming" rates among young Black same-gender-loving men across the South,
The report comes the same week the City of Dallas, TX begins aggressively addressing HIV among black gay youth. Five students at a Dallas
high school recently tested positive for HIV. Read the full report HERE.
Also in Black AIDS Weekly: The Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS(PACHA) has met for the second time. An update on their progress toward a National HIV/AIDS Strategy that specifically addresses those at the center of the U.S. epidemic: Black Americans. Read the full article HERE.