HIV PREVENTION & YOU: GAY & BI-SEXUAL AFRICAN-AMERICAN MEN

HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. It is primarily transmitted through blood, semen, anal fluids, and vaginal fluids via unprotected sex or sharing injecting equipment. HIV is the virus that causes AIDS.

Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) is not a single disease. It is a spectrum of conditions that occur when a person’s immune system is seriously compromised after years of attack by HIV. The terms HIV and AIDS are not interchangeable. It is important to remember that a person who is infected with HIV does not necessarily have AIDS. However, all people with AIDS have HIV.

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TALK. PROTECT. TEST. TREAT.

THE TRUTH: 15 WAYS YOU CAN NOT GET HIV

FACE THE FACTS & KNOW THE RISKS

HIV and AIDS Diagnoses (2015)

  • 17,670 African Americans were diagnosed with HIV in the United States (13,070 men and 4,524 women).
  • More than half (58%, 10,315) of African Americans diagnosed with HIV were gay or bisexual men.
  • Among African American gay and bisexual men diagnosed with HIV, 38% (3,888) were young men aged 13 to 24.
  • 48% (8,702) of those diagnosed with AIDS in the United States were African Americans.

MYTHBUSTERS: HIV / AIDS & GAY MEN

TRUTH: ‘Bottoms’ are seven-times more likely to get HIV than ‘tops’ in gay sex, but any unprotected anal sex carries a risk of HIV transmission and simply being a top does not make you ‘safe’.

TRUTH: HIV is present in a man’s pre-cum. HIV can be transmitted during vaginal or anal sex. The reality is that some people have acquired HIV just because their partner delayed putting on a condom during anal sex.

TRUTH: The virus itself doesn’t make you look any different from others, and there is absolutely no way you can tell if someone is HIV positive by simply looking at them.

TRUTH: You could contract HIV the first time you have unprotected sex or the 100th time. – You never know when you could become infected with HIV. It is best to wear a condom correctly and consistently each time you have sex.

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