Friday, September 24, 2010

It's not a healthy behavior. Latest report from CDC on HIV.

Here's the latest from the CDC on who's contacting HIV. Men who engage in sodomy account for the lion's share of cases. They are 2% of the US population yet account for 57% of new HIV cases. That's almost thirty times their number. And from 2005 to 2008, the HIV infection rate has increased 17% among men who engage in this behavior.

At the end of their statement, the CDC says it "supports a range of efforts to reduce" HIV infection. Obviously, what they've been promoting hasn't worked. I have a sneaking suspicion that a change of behavior - abstinence - isn't among their recommendations. The consequence? Sadly, more sickness and disease.

National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is observed each year on September 27 to focus on the disproportionate effects of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) epidemic on gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM). In 2007, the estimated HIV diagnosis rate among MSM was 692 per 100,000, which was 44 to 86 times the rate for other men and 40 to 77 times the rate for women (1).

Although MSM represent approximately 2% of the U.S. population (1), in 2006 they accounted for 57% of all new HIV infections (2). From 2005 to 2008, estimated diagnoses of HIV infection increased approximately 17% among MSM in 37 states (3). In 2008, black MSM had the highest estimated number of diagnoses of HIV infection, followed by white and Hispanic MSM (3). In recent years, new HIV diagnoses have increased significantly among young black MSM (4).

CDC supports a range of efforts to reduce HIV infection among MSM. These include HIV prevention services that aim to reduce the risk for acquiring and transmitting HIV and to increase the linkage of infected MSM to treatment. Additional information about these efforts and National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day activities is available at Web Site Icon,, and

1 comment:

Troy said...

If Christians promoted education instead of proselytizing, the infections would be much fewer. But throwing stones has always been more fun for people of faith...