Last month the CDC released their analysis of HIV in America. Among other disturbing facts, they reported:
- 1/5 of men who have sex with men (MSM) have HIV, and 44% of these don’t even know they’re infected
- Almost half of people living with HIV in America are MSM
- MSM are the only risk group in the US in which new HIV infections are increasing
- MSM account for just 4% of US males 13 and older, yet new HIV diagnosis among MSM is more than 44 times that of other men
Earlier this year when gay rights activists pressured the FDA to lift its ban on MSM blood donation, I’m glad facts like these were considered in that denial. Recall that there is a period of several weeks to months where an HIV infection might not show up on a blood test. It’s one thing to engage in homosexual behavior; it’s another when this group can potentially put the rest of us at risk.