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CDC Reports Startling Increase in the Rise of STIs, Stresses Safe-Sex Practices

CDC Reports Startling Increase in the Rise of STIs, Stresses Safe-Sex Practices

By: Mike Givens/TRT Assistant Editor— In November, the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report highlighting a significant increase in sexually transmitted infections, STIs, across the country. The nearly 200-page report, Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance 2014, found that cases of syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea had increased for the first time since […]

Rates of HIV Falling: Gay Men Still More Vulnerable Than Most

Rates of HIV Falling: Gay Men Still More Vulnerable Than Most

By: Eric Brus*— The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that annual HIV diagnoses fell 19% in the U.S. from 2005 to 2014, primarily as a result of large and continuing declines in new diagnoses among several population groups, including heterosexuals, people who inject drugs, and African Americans―with the greatest declines occurring […]

Major Study Confirms Need for Early HIV Treatment

Major Study Confirms Need for Early HIV Treatment

By: Eric Brus* — In late May, researchers in a major international study reported definitive evidence that early antiretroviral treatment (ART) substantially reduces HIV-infected persons’ risks of developing AIDS or other serious illnesses. In particular, the study showed that people who start ART when their CD4 T-cell counts are relatively high (a key measure of immune […]

CDC to Fund New Programs to Prevent HIV Infection Among Transgender People and Bay/Bi Men

CDC to Fund New Programs to Prevent HIV Infection Among Transgender People and Bay/Bi Men

By: Eric Brus*— The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently announced $185 million in funding for three new programs to prevent HIV infection among transgender people and gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM), with a particular focus on MSM of color. The programs are part of a multi-pronged strategy […]

Rates of HIV Diagnoses in U.S. stable, but Gay Men Still Have High Rates of Infection

Rates of HIV Diagnoses in U.S. stable, but Gay Men Still Have High Rates of Infection

By: Eric Brus*— Late last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released their new surveillance report, Diagnoses of HIV infection in the United States and Dependent Areas, 2013. CDC estimates that there were about 47,352 newly diagnosed cases of HIV infection during 2013 in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and six […]

Study: Higher Rates of HIV Among Black Gay Men Expected to Continue for Decades

Study: Higher Rates of HIV Among Black Gay Men Expected to Continue for Decades

By: Eric Brus*— Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) currently account for about two-thirds of all new HIV infections in the U.S., and infection rates are particularly high among Black MSM. In a recent study, Emory University researcher Eli Rosenberg and colleagues used CDC data to generate estimates of race-specific […]

Gay Men Say that HIV is a Top Health Issue, but Few Get Tested Regularly

Gay Men Say that HIV is a Top Health Issue, but Few Get Tested Regularly

By: Eric Brus*— More than half (52%) of U.S. men who identify as gay or bisexual consider HIV/AIDS to be the most important health issue for their community, according to a new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF). The 35-page report summarizes findings from a nationally representative survey of 431 men identifying as gay […]

National HIV Testing Day Works, HIV Resources for Gay & Bisexual Men

National HIV Testing Day Works, HIV Resources for Gay & Bisexual Men

By: Eric Brus*— A new study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Contorl finds that both the number of HIV tests administered and the number of new HIV diagnoses were substantially higher in the week around the 2010 National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) than in two other “control” weeks during that year. For the study, CDC researchers […]