On Monday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new statistics on HIV infections from 2006 to 2009, and while the rate remained relatively stable, alarming trends emerged among men who have sex with men, especially African-American MSM.
For that time period, new infections remained at approximately 50,000 per year. Men who have sex with men still constitute the greatest number of new infections — the CDC estimates that MSM represent 2% of the U.S. population, yet they accounted for 61% of new infections in 2009, or 29,300 infections. Young MSM, those aged 13-29, are getting HIV at very high rates — they represent more than one quarter of all new HIV infections, specifically 27% of all new infections, or 12,900 people in 2009.
Breaking down MSM by race shows that African-Americans are disproportionately affected by HIV. While the general rate of infection among all Americans has stabilized, infections among young black MSM increased 48% from 2006 to 2009, from 4,400 to 6,500.
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