HIV, STD Prevention Programs Urgently Needed, Researchers Conclude

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SAN FRANCISCO

New research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) concludes that high-risk sexual behaviors were common among HIV-infected and uninfected young African American men having sex with men (MSM) in North Carolina, and that HlV and STD prevention programs targeting young Black MSM, both in colleges and the community, are urgently needed.

The new data on HIV infections and risk behavior among college-age African American gay and bisexual men was among findings released last month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at the 11th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in San Francisco. Another CDC presentation examined what is known about sexual behavior and HIV risk among African American men on the "down low," a group that has been studied very little in the past.

High-risk behavior is frequent in young African American MSM, regardless of whether they are HIV infected, college students, or not in college. High rates of HIV infection among young African American MSM have previously been reported in the scientific literature. …