New Analyses Offer Clearer Picture of Where to Target HIV Prevention for MSM

May 20, 2016

Emory University researchers, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), released a new report this week presenting new estimates of the MSM population size and the estimated rate of HIV among MSM in the United States at the state, city, and county levels. The new estimates provide important information that health departments can use—along with standard surveillance data and local knowledge of community needs and resources—to identify and support HIV prevention and care for MSM communities that are most affected. According to the report released in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, HIV prevalence among MSM in the United States was 15 percent in 2012, but rates varied dramatically by geographical areas—of the 25 metropolitan statistical areas with the highest levels of MSM living with an HIV diagnosis, 21 were located in southern states.

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