LGBT Youth Ages 13-24 Account for 92% of New HIV Diagnoses

May 18, 2017 by

by S Brinkmann, Women of Grace:

The Centers for Disease Control is reporting that more than nine out of 10 new HIV cases in the United States among young men and boys between the ages of 13 to 24 is occurring in those identifying as homosexuals and bisexuals.

According to the report, which tracked the incidence of HIV infection in the US between 2005 and 2014, gay and bisexual men who have sex with other men make up an estimated two percent of the population and yet account for 55 percent of people living with HIV in the United States.

“Gay and bisexual men accounted for 83% (29,418) of the estimated new HIV diagnoses among all males aged 13 and older and 67% of the total estimated new diagnoses in the United States,” the report found.

One of the most shocking statistics cited was the incidence of HIV diagnoses among youth aged 13 to 24 which accounted for an estimated 92 percent of new HIV diagnoses among all men in their age group and 27 percent of new diagnoses among all gay and bisexual men.

Even though the overall rate of HIV diagnoses decreased by 19 percent from 2005 to 2014, the rate actually increased by six percent among all gay and bisexual men.

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