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The latest data from this survey suggests the number of men who have sex with men having anal sex without a condom is increasing, with 15.7% reporting this in 2014 compared to 13.7% in 2008.14 The survey found around one-third (35.2%) of young male high school students who had sex with men had also engaged in condom-less anal sex and other higher risk behaviours – a higher proportion than in earlier surveys.15 In the USA, African American/black people are more affected by HIV than any other ethnic group.
This group accounted for 44% of all new HIV infections in 2014 despite only making up 12% of the population.16 At the end of 2014, an estimated 471,500 African American/black people were living with HIV, making up 43% of the total number of people living with HIV.
This equates to one in two African American/black men who have sex with men, one in four Hispanic/Latino men who have sex with men and one in 11 white men who have sex with men.12 At the end of 2014, 615,400 American men who have sex with men were living with HIV and an estimated 17% were unaware of their status.13 Every three years, the CDC studies sexual risk behaviours among men who have sex with men in selected cities.Ideally, event(s) or activities should occur on or about “NEA’s Read Across America Day,” which is Friday, March 1, 2018.More information on Read Across America can be found at: nea.org/readacross.These key affected populations can be grouped by transmission category (for example, men who have sex with men) but also by race and ethnicity, with people of colour having significantly higher rates of HIV infection over white Americans.7 A complex set of economic and socioeconomic factors drive risk to these populations, including discrimination, stigma, poverty and a lack of access to care.8 Sexual networks are also present a major risk factor, with populations at a high risk to HIV tending to have sex with people in their own communities.Men who have sex with men (sometimes referred to as ‘MSM’) are the group most affected by HIV in the USA, accounting for an estimated 2% of the USA’s population, but 70% of new annual HIV infections.9 Between 20, new HIV infections among men who have sex with men remained stable at about 26,000 a year. For example, new infections declined by 16% among young men who have sex with men (aged 13 to 24) during this time, while increasing by 23% among 25 to 34-year-old men who have sex with men.