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Study: HIV rates in black community as much as three times higher than whites

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An Emory study presented today at the International Conference on AIDS, currently being held in Washington, D.C., shows “greatly” elevated rates of new HIV infections among African-American gay and bisexual men.

The study focused on six cities across the U.S.:  Atlanta, Boston, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.

Black men who have sex with men contracted HIV at a rate of 2.3 percent per year, or nearly 50 percent higher than in white men who have sex with men in the U.S.

The study goes on to state that young black men, 30 and younger, contract HIV at an annual rate of 5.9 percent, or roughly three times that of young white men who have sex with men.