Are you a fella who’s slept with five different guys in the past month? Congratulations: One of them probably had HIV. Which, in and of itself, isn’t a bad thing. Our HIV-positive brothers need to get theirs. But the more startling statistic out from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which looked at 8,153 “men who have sex with men” (read: gay and bi guys) in 21 major U.S. cities, is that 44 percent of them didn’t even know their status. And if nearly half of HIV-positive guys don’t know their status, think about how few people they have sex with know about it.
Meanwhile, the CDC report concludes:
• 28 percent of black MSM were HIV-infected, compared to 18 percent of Hispanic and 16 percent of white MSM
• While young MSM (under age 30) had lower HIV prevalence than older men, they were far more likely to be unaware of their HIV infection. Among MSM aged 18-29 who had HIV, nearly two-thirds (63 percent) were unaware, versus 37 percent for men age 30 and older.
• Among young MSM, young MSM of color were less likely than whites to know they were HIV-infected. Among HIV-infected black MSM under age 30, 71 percent were unaware of their infection; among HIV-infected Hispanic MSM under age 30, 63 percent were unaware. This compares to 40 percent of HIV-infected white MSM under age 30.
Go get tested. And put a fucking condom on, please.