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HIV Increase Among Black Gays Called Alarming

7/23/2012

WASHINGTON – Rates of HIV are increasing in the black gay community at "alarming" levels, leading AIDS advocates to call for more attention to young men who live at the margins of society.

Nearly 6% of black gay men under 30 become newly infected with the AIDS virus each year, according to research presented Monday at AIDS 2012, an international conference of more than 21,000 doctors, activists and policy makers.

Among gay black men, nearly 3% become infected each year, according to the study of 1,553 men in six American cities, funded by the National Institutes of Health. That rate is nearly twice as high as the rate among white men who have sex with men, the study says.

Read the full story at USA Today http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/story/2012-07-22/gays-aids-epidemic/56431798/1

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