New diagnoses for 13-24 year old Black men who have sex with men (MSM) were up 87%percent from 2005
New HIV Diagnoses Have Declined, But Not For Black Gay And Bisexual Men
FEBRUARY 18, 2016
At the end of 2015, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control announced that diagnoses of HIV in the United States declined significantly over the last decade. On the surface, it was good news: rates of new diagnoses for the general population dropped 19 percent between 2005 and 2014. With some populations hard hit by HIV, we saw even greater improvements: new diagnoses are down 42 percent among Black women over the past decade, down 35 percent among heterosexuals, and down 65 percent among people who inject drugs. White gay and bisexual men experienced an 18 percent decline in new diagnoses.
But Black and Latino gay and bisexual men actually saw increases in HIV diagnoses of 22 percent and 24 percent, respectively, over the same time period. New diagnoses for 13-24 year old Black men who have sex with men (MSM) were up 87 percent from 2005 to 2014. Even though there are about six White gay and bisexual men for every Black gay or bisexual man in the U.S., in 2014 about 10,000 Black MSM of all ages were diagnosed with HIV, compared with about 8,000 White MSM.