A new study has just been released that was conducted by The Black AIDS Institute called “Back of the Line: The State of AIDS Among Black Gay Men” in America” that reveals some startling statistics. An excerpt from the study reads:
“HIV represents a lifelong threat for Black gay men. A young black gay man has a roughly 1-in-4 chance of being infected by age 25. By the time he is 40 years old, the odds a Black gay men will be living with HIV is roughly 60%. One can scour the entire world and struggle to find a population more heavily affected by HIV/AIDS than Black gay in the U.S.
Black gay men’s higher risk of HIV does not stem from higher levels of risk behavior. Rather, their disproportionate risk of HIV can be traced to their poor access to health services, a high prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases, and early patterns of sexual behavior among young gay men.”
This study comes the week before the International AIDS Society conference in Washington, DC, a landmark event for the global AIDS community. The theme for the conference is “Turning the Tide Together.”
The Black AIDS Institute nonprofit organization (founded in 1999), is the only national HIV/AIDS Think Tank in the United States focused exclusively on Black people. Their study also ranked the cities in the U.S. that meet HIV-related needs of Black MSM most effectively, and which do not. Among the best are Washington, DC; New York, NY; and Los Angeles, CA. Gary, IN tops the worst city list followed by Memphis, TN and Richmond, VA.
To read the study in full, click here.