The first in a series on the US Conference on AIDS for the Black AIDS Institute. It's being syndicated across Black-owned and HIV/AIDS news media. The conference sponsored by the National Minority AIDS Council is the largest HIV/AIDS gathering in the nation.
The target population of USCA 2011 was gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM). Black MSM continue to suffer most in the domestic epidemic. New HIV infections among Black MSM ages 13-29 rose an alarming 48 percent between 2006 and 2009, reports the CDC.
The opening plenary featured David Furnish, chair of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, as its keynote speaker. The plenary was moderated by CNN anchor Don Lemon--probably the nation's highest-profile Black gay man--and featured Arizona State Senator Jack Jackson, former Project Runway contestant Mondo Guerra and BeiBei Ye, director of the Zhixing Guangzhou LGBT Center in China.
The rising number of new HIV infections among Black MSM youths "has been the case for the last few years, but I'm very glad to see that it's getting some attention," said Isaiah Webster III, director of capacity building at the Washington, D.C.-based Metro TeenAIDS. "It's not often you see that in a conference plenary."
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