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You Are All Diseased: Gay Men’s HIV Infections Rising 44X Faster than Straight Men

We’re really trying to wrap our heads around this statistic, because it’s off the deep-end of troubling. “A new analysis released Wednesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention,” relays D.C. Agenda, “shows that the rate of new HIV infections among men who have sex with men, also referred to as MSM, is more than 44 times greater than that of other men and 40 times greater than that of women. The study also shows that the rate of primary and secondary syphilis among MSM is more than 46 times that of other men and more than 71 times that of women.” This is not going to bode well for activists hoping to halt the branding of AIDS as “the gay disease.” But then we read about the CDC’s tally about the total number of gay men in America:

“Based on an analysis of nationally representative surveys, CDC estimated that MSM comprise 2.0 percent (range: 1.4-2.7 percent) of the overall U.S. population aged 13 and older, or 4 percent of the U.S. male population (range 2.8-5.3 percent),” says the summary statement. It says the analysis found that the range of new HIV diagnoses per 100,000 MSM was 522 to 989. By comparison, newly diagnosed HIV cases came to just 12 per 100,000 for other men and 13 per 100,000 for women. For syphilis, the range of newly diagnosed cases for MSM was 91 to 173 cases per 100,000 compared to 2 per 100,000 for other men and 1 per 100,000 for women.

And that’s not going to bode well for gays insisting that 1 in 10 people in the bar they’re cruising are gay.

So thanks, Obama administration, for pointing out how gross we are!