NEW YORK — HIV and its disproportionate affect on black gay men will likely persist for decades due to an alarmingly high concentration of HIV in black gay men, a new report finds. It was reported on by the Windy City Times.
Reporting in the Nov. 18 online edition of the Lancet HIV, researchers from Emory University Rollins School of Public Health in Atlanta and amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research, assessed how existing disparities in HIV prevalence and in the HIV continuum of care explain differences in HIV incidence in MSM (men who have sex with men). The HIV care continuum has emerged as an important way to measure HIV/AIDS care and identify gaps along the continuum of HIV services, including testing, diagnosis, treatment, and ultimately, viral suppression, the group said in a press release.
Using data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on people with HIV from 2009 to 2010, the researchers analyzed separate HIV care continuums for black and white MSM, and estimated how many were infected but undiagnosed; diagnosed but not receiving antiretroviral therapy; and virally suppressed. Additionally, multiple intervention scenarios were created to hypothesize the effect of care for black MSM if they achieved the same degree of HIV care as white MSM; had levels of 95 percent diagnosis; 95 percent retention in care; or both, Lancet researchers said in a press release announcing their findings.