HIV Prevalence and Awareness of Infection in 2008 and 2011 among Men Who Have Sex with Men: 20 US Cities

Data collected in 2011 for the National HIV Behavioral Surveillance System indicates that prevalence of HIV among gay and bisexual men in 20 urban areas is nearly the same as in 2008 (18 percent in 2011 compared to 19 percent in 2008). However, a higher percentage of HIV-infected gay and bisexual men know they have the virus (66 percent overall in 2011 compared to 56 percent in 2008).

Every three years, CDC investigators survey 20 urban areas with heavy burden of HIV, interviewing people at venues frequented by men who have sex with men (MSM). In 2011, investigators interviewed and tested 8,423 participants, compared to a similar survey of 7,847 MSM in 2008. CDC epidemiologist Cyprian Wejnert, PhD, reported that disparities in HIV infection among MSM still persist in 2011. Thirty percent of black gay and bisexual men have HIV compared to 14 percent of white gay and bisexual men. Only 54 percent of black HIV-infected gay and bisexual men know they have the virus, compared to 86 percent of white men.

Population of focus: Gay and bisexual men in 20 urban areas in the US

Link to resource: http://www.retroconference.org/2013b/Abstracts/45701.htm

Date: 2013

Organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention