November 13, 2013 | by Staff reports
Figures show gulf in AIDS funding
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Although MSM account for 63 percent of new HIV infections in the U.S., the percentage of HIV funding targeting that community is substantially less. (Photo public domain)

NEW YORK — A Huffington Post op-ed published this week points out that while men who have sex with men (MSM) account for 63 percent of new HIV infections in the U.S. according to figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the percentage of HIV funding targeting that community is substantially less.

John-Manuel Andriote, author of “Victory Deferred: How AIDS Changed Gay Life in America,” points to several statistics in his op-ed that he finds alarming:

• A 2012 Fenway Institute analysis found that in a 2009 Wisconsin case study, although male-to-male sex accounted for 58 percent of new HIV diagnoses among blacks, only 19 percent of prevention efforts targeted black gay and bi men and they accounted for only 11 percent of prevention clients.

• The Fenway Institute also reported that a CDC analysis found that only 27 percent of HIV education and risk reduction funding was targeted to MSMs while 38 percent was targeted to high-risk heterosexuals and 20 percent targeted to other groups. Just 16 percent of National Institutes of Health funding for HIV targeted MSMs, the Huffington Post op-ed said.

“We are talking about a tremendous amount of taxpayers’ money that is being wasted,” Andriote writes.

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