46% Is Not Acceptable! HIV Rates Among Black Gay Men Continue To Rise
The figure is the number of black MSM who are infected with HIV according to a 2005 study of five cities—including New York—by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The corresponding figure for white gay men was 21 percent.
At the core of the crisis: Black MSM younger than 30. While the number of new HIV diagnoses declined by 22 percent among MSM older than 30 between 2001 and 2006, according to the city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene found, it increased by 30 percent among younger men, doubling among MSM between 13 and 19. (In the latter age group, the cases grew from 41 to 87 cases.) Black and Hispanic teenagers comprised 90 percent of these new diagnoses.
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Man's Best Kept Secret In The Church: On the Down-low, Very Down-low is a new book by Lecei Wright. This time the down low tale is coming from a woman scorned in Jamaica. This particular story actually repulsed me. How many more people are going to bulk up their wallets at the expense of black gay men? Everybody's willing to tell their tale but nobody is willing to be a force to change the homophobic environment that causes the down low. Read the full story here.
Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh declares war on the gay community and gives them 24 hours to get out or "face serious consequences". This is also coming from a man who said he'd discovered a cure for AIDS and was able to cure patients in three to thirty days. Really. I'm not making this up. Read the story here.