AIDS Risk Higher for Gay, Bisexual Black Men; Called Segment of Population Most in Need of Prevention, Treatment Help

By Wetzstein, Cheryl | The Washington Times (Washington, DC), July 19, 2012 | Go to article overview

AIDS Risk Higher for Gay, Bisexual Black Men; Called Segment of Population Most in Need of Prevention, Treatment Help


Wetzstein, Cheryl, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)


Byline: Cheryl Wetzstein, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Black men who are gay or bisexual are at the center of the U.S. HIV/AIDS epidemic and should be a primary focus of testing, service and treatment efforts, a federal official and advocates said Wednesday.

Black men who have sex with men (MSM) account for one in four new HIV infections, even though they represent only 1 in 500 Americans, the Black AIDS Institute said in its new report, Back of the Line: The State of AIDS Among Black Gay Men in America 2012.

This infection rate climbs quickly with age for these men: The odds of a black MSM becoming infected with HIV is about 8 percent at age 20 and nearly 60 percent by age 40.

Moreover, unless they receive treatment, black MSM are significantly less likely to be alive three years after testing HIV-positive, when compared with white MSM, said the report.

Black MSM continue to be first in line when it comes to need, but remain at the back of the line when it comes to assistance, said Phill Wilson, founder and executive director of the Black AIDS Institute.

We need a new mindset, Dr. Kevin Fenton, director of the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told a media briefing at the Kaiser Family Foundation in the District.

Black MSM are not simply a fringe group in the fight against HIV/AIDS, said Dr. Fenton. They are, in fact, at the center of the nation's epidemic, and we cannot achieve an AIDS-free generation, or the end of AIDS in the United States, unless we make major inroads in the fight against HIV among black gay men.

Panelists talked about stigma, homophobia and other heightened risk factors for black MSM.

Research indicates that black MSM are no more likely to engage in HIV-related risk behaviors than other MSM, said Ernest Hopkins, chairman of the National Black Gay Men's Advocacy Coalition and director of legislative affairs at the San Franciso AIDS Foundation. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Note: primary sources have slightly different requirements for citation. Please see these guidelines for more information.

Cited article

AIDS Risk Higher for Gay, Bisexual Black Men; Called Segment of Population Most in Need of Prevention, Treatment Help
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
Items saved from this article
  • Highlights & Notes
  • Citations
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Search by... Author
    Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.