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Factors Driving the HIV Epidemic

Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM)a represent approximately 2% of the United States population, yet are the population most severely affected by HIV.

In 2010, young gay and bisexual men (aged 13-24 years) accounted for 72% of new HIV infections among all persons aged 13 to 24, and 30% of new infections among all gay and bisexual men. At the end of 2011, an estimated 500,022 (57%) persons living with an HIV diagnosis in the United States were gay and bisexual men, or gay and bisexual men who also inject drugs.

Lower Your Sexual Risk for HIV

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Visit CDC’s interactive HIV Risk Reduction Tool to get customized information on behaviors that place you at risk for HIV and strategies to reduce your risk so that you can determine how best to protect yourself and your partner(s).

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