Black Gay Men in the UK Almost Twice as Likely to Have HIV as White Men

A new analysis of existing studies on the sexual health of black gay men in the UK has found that despite having similar sexual risk behaviours to white gay men, they have almost twice the chance of being HIV-positive. The findings are published in a special issue of "The Lancet" on men who have sex with men, published last week to coincide with the 19th International AIDS Conference.

While reviewing studies on HIV infection and risk factors that affect black men who have sex with men in the United States, Greg Millet and colleagues also examined similar studies from the United Kingdom and Canada. They wished to see if the inequalities experienced by black MSM in the US were unique to that setting.

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