amfAR Calls for a Reassessment of HIV Prevention Efforts for Men Who Have Sex With Men (MSM) in the U.S.

Published: March 10, 2010

amfAR Calls for a Reassessment of HIV Prevention Efforts for Men Who Have Sex With Men (MSM) in the U.S.

CDC releases new estimates on the profound impact of AIDS on MSM in America

For Immediate Release

NEW YORK March 10, 2010—amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, on Wednesday called for the U.S. government to redouble its efforts to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS among gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) in the light of new estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Today, for the first time, the CDC released estimates on the number of MSM living in the U.S. and HIV and syphilis rates in this population. 

According to CDC figures, there are between 3.4 and 6.5 million MSM living in the U.S., representing approximately 4 percent of the male population. MSM are 44 to 86 times more likely to be infected with HIV than men who have sex with women, and 40 to 77 times more likely to be infected with HIV than women. In 2008, the CDC estimated that MSM comprise more than half of the roughly 56,000 new HIV infections in the U.S. each year.

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