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Improving HIV/AIDS Services Through a Network-based Health Information System

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HIV and Yound Men Who Have Sex With Men Year of diagnosis D ia gn os es 2006 0 1,000 2,000 3,000 4,000 5,000 6,000 7,000 8,000 2007 2008 2009 35–44 45–54 ≥55 25–34 13–24 Figure 1. HIV Infection Diagnoses Among MSM, by Age Group, 2006–2009—40 States and 5 U.S. Dependent Areas* National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention Division of Adolescent and School Health HIV and Young Men Who Have Sex With Men CS231969 Young people in the United States remain at risk for HIV infection. An estimated 56,300 Americans are infected with HIV each year.1 Of these, 34%—or approximately 19,000—are adolescents or young adults aged 13–29 years.1 Young men who have sex with men (YMSM), especially black YMSM, are at highest risk. This fact sheet highlights the ongoing risk for HIV infection among YMSM and underscores the need to reach each new generation with effective HIV prevention messages and services. Schools and education agencies are important partners in this effort. Overview HIV infection affects certain groups of young people disproportionately, especially— Young men who have sex with men: Among adolescent males aged 13–19 years, approximately 91% of all diagnosed HIV infections are from male-to-male sexual contact.2 From 2006 to 2009, YMSM aged 13–24 years had the greatest percentage increase in diagnosed HIV infections* of all age groups (Figure 1).3 Black adolescents: In 2009, 73% of all diagnosed HIV infections in youth aged 13–19 years were among black youth, even though blacks represented only 17% of the population in that age group.2 Black YMSM: Nearly two-thirds (63%) of all YMSM aged 13–24 years with HIV infection in 2009* were black YMSM, followed by white YMSM (18%) and Hispanic/Latino YMSM (16%).3 Black YMSM also experienced the largest increase of all racial/ethnic groups in diagnosed HIV infections—from 2,416 in

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