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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
September 11, 2018

Gaps in HIV Testing for Black Men

JAMA. 2018;320(10):966. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.12833

Black men who have sex with men (MSM) living in the South are undertested for HIV despite being a high-risk group, according to a CDC analysis. Additionally, the region fell short of recommended targets for timely referral to care for those diagnosed with HIV.

HIV infections disproportionately affect MSM, who accounted for 70% of HIV diagnoses in 2016 despite making up only 2% of the population, according to the authors. Among MSM, black men accounted for 38% of new HIV diagnoses that year. Two-thirds of these individuals resided in the southern United States. The authors’ analysis of 2016 CDC-funded HIV testing data from 20 different Southern health department jurisdictions suggest serious gaps in HIV prevention and care for black men in the region. Black MSM received only 6% of HIV tests provided at community-based facilities, despite making up 36% of new diagnoses at these non–health care facilities.

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