Study of gay men in the District finds 14% are HIV positive

Published: March 26, 2010

Study of gay men in the District finds 14% are HIV positive

More than 14 percent of gay men in the District are HIV positive, almost five times as high as the overall rate for the city’s adults and teenagers, according to a snapshot of the community released Thursday by the D.C. HIV/AIDS Administration.

Interviews with 500 gay men throughout the District found that more than 40 percent were unaware of their diagnosis before the study, even though most had seen a doctor in the past 12 months, and more than a third did not know the HIV status of their last sex partner.

The study also shattered some stereotypes: Younger men generally had safer sex behaviors; men older than 30 were tested less frequently, used condoms less often and had more sex partners.

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