Homosexual males in the African-American community are facing a crisis that threatens the lives of hundreds of thousands, according to a new report from the CDC.
Half of all black gay and bisexual men in the United States are projected to be diagnosed with HIV, a government study shows, in a ratio parallel to the prevalence of the virus among such men in developing nations such as Mauritania and Senegal, reports the New York Post.
Black men who have sex with men are 250 times more likely as heterosexual American men overall to be diagnosed with the virus, according to the report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Among Latino gay and bisexual men, one in four are projected to get HIV in their lifetime, and the chances of white gay and bisexual men getting HIV is one in 11, said the report released this week.
Fifty percent is a ridiculous number considering how long the AIDS/HIV epidemic has been a public health issue.
The projections for gay black men in the United States evoke the rates of HIV and AIDS in African nations such as Mauritania, where some 44 percent of gay and bisexual men had HIV in 2014, according to the United Nations program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).
The same year in Senegal, nearly 42 percent of gay and bisexual men had the virus, UNAIDS said.