Gay, Bisexual Black Men Have 50 Percent Risk of Contracting HIV: Report - NBC Bay Area

Gay, Bisexual Black Men Have 50 Percent Risk of Contracting HIV: Report

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    In this February 7, 2013 file photo, community health educator Nanah Fofanah guides a man through a free oral HIV test inside the Whitman-Walker Health mobile testing vehicle on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day near the Anacostia Metro station in Washington, DC.

    The average American has just a 1 percent risk of ever being infected with the AIDS virus, but gay and bisexual black men have a 50 percent risk, according to new federal data, NBC News reported.

    A quarter of Latino gay and bisexual men will be infected over their lifetimes, the new analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds.

    And by region, the South, from Texas to Florida, has a higher rate of HIV infection than the rest of the country.

    "Gay and bisexual men continue to be most affected by HIV in the U.S. At current rates, one in six men who have sex with men (MSM) will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime, making them 79 times more likely than heterosexual men to be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetimes," the CDC team led by Kristen Hess reported.

    African-Americans are at highest risk in the U.S. One in 19 American black men will be infected with HIV over a lifetime and one in 46 black women will be.