Cases of HIV transmission among promiscuous gay black men have skyrocketed according to a new study.
New cases of HIV have declined steadily over the years among the heterosexual population. But cases of new HIV transmissions among black gay males, particularly in Chicago, have jumped almost 80% during the same time period.
The new statistics are so alarming that black clergy have undertaken a massive campaign to save young black men in sexual crisis.
Data show that in Chicago, new HIV diagnoses of men who have sex with men and are younger than 30 jumped 76 percent from 2000 to 2011, and black men account for most of the increase. Older gay and bisexual men, meanwhile, have seen HIV diagnoses decline or stay steady.
“It makes it challenging, on one hand being encouraged by our successes in reducing HIV … but at the same time making sure that we’re all aware that there’s still this important subgroup that is beginning to carry a greater burden of the epidemic,” said Nikhil Prachand, director of HIV and sexually transmitted infection epidemiology at the city’s health department.
African-American (men who have sex with men) tend to live in predominantly African-American communities, and many of those communities in Chicago have a higher prevalence of HIV,” Prachand said. “They’re using condoms as or more often than other groups and they also have the same number of sex partners. It’s just that the context in which their behaviors occur happens to be in communities where there is more HIV.”
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