CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Health officials in Mecklenburg County are reaching out to young residents there who have sex with men (MSM) following a December release of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that showed a marked increase in HIV infection rates among young MSMs ages 13-24, Q Notes reported.
Among young people, the CDC reported that about 18 percent of all new infections in 2010 were among young gay and bi men ages 13-24. In Mecklenburg County, young people of all sexual orientations are taking a hit as well. Local 2010 data reveals six percent of new 2010 infections were among youth ages 13-19. The most, at 38 percent, were among individuals ages 20-29, the Q Notes report said.
And, on the whole, Mecklenburg County’s HIV infection rate is among the three highest-ranking counties in the state, the report said.