Report: Gay, Bisexual Black Men at High Risk for HIV

Only one in 500 Americans is a black gay or bisexual male, but black men who have sex with men (MSM) account for one in four new HIV infections in the United States, according to a new report by the Black AIDS Institute (BAI).

Just days away from the first International AIDS Conference to be held on U.S. soil in 22 years, the BAI, a national think tank focused on African-Americans, released a somber account detailing how the virus continues to disproportionately infect and kill young black men who have sex with other men.

According to the report, “Back of the Line: The State of AIDS Among Gay Black Men in America 2012” a black gay man has a one in four chance of becoming infected by the time he’s 25 years old. By the age of 40, the likelihood is 60%.  It also says black men having sex with men are more affected by the disease than any other group in the developed world.