New Factsheet on HIV and Young Men Who Have Sex with Men, Strategies for Prevention

Published: December 27, 2011

A new factsheet by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides statistics on HIV diagnosis among young men who have sex with men — An estimated 56,300 Americans are infected with HIV each year. Of these, 34%, or approximately 19,000, are adolescents or young adults aged 13–29 years. Young men who have sex with men (YMSM), especially black YMSM, are at highest risk. This fact sheet highlights the ongoing risk for HIV infection among YMSM and underscores the need to reach each new generation with efective HIV prevention messages and services. Schools and education agencies are important partners in this efort.

The factsheet also provides possible reasons for the disparities that exist among YMSM, factors include — lack of knowledge of infection status, failure to reach MSM with efective interventions or prevention education, use of alcohol and illegal drugs, complacency about risk, mental health consequences of stigma and discrimination. The factsheet highlights strategies for addressing HIV among YMSM in schools, these include — collect and analyze data on sexual identity, sex of sexual contacts, and associated health risk behaviors among youth, establish safe and supportive school environments, provide professional development for school staff, implement school-based HIV prevention policies, practices, and interventions.

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