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Portrait of an Epidemic: Extremely High Human Immunodeficiency Virus Prevalence and Incidence Among Young Black Men Having Sex With Men and Residing in a Southern City

Mena, Leandro MD*; Crosby, Richard A. PhD*†

Sexually Transmitted Diseases: July 2017 - Volume 44 - Issue 7 - p 401–402
doi: 10.1097/OLQ.0000000000000606

Abstract: A 12-month prospective cohort study of 609 young black men who have sex with men (YBMSM) assessed human immunodeficiency virus seroconversion. One-hundred-seventy men (27.9%) were either human immunodeficiency virus–infected before enrollment or tested positive within 30 days afterward. Thirty (4.9%) were classified as incident infections occurring in a 12-month period. Subtracting the 170 from the denominator, incidence was 6.8%.

A study of 609 young black men who have sex with men observed a 12-month incidence rate of newly acquired HIV infection of 6.8%. Jackson, MS may have the highest incidence rate for this population.

From the *Department of Infectious Disease, College of Medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MI; and †Department of Health Behavior, College of Public Health at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

Acknowledgments: Dr. Crosby secured funding for this study, drafted the article, and engaged with Dr. Mena in the oversight and quality assurance of the data collection procedures.

Source of Funding: This study was funded by a grant from the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health to the second author, R01MH092226.

Conflicts of interest: None declared.

Correspondence: Richard A. Crosby, PhD, Department of Health Behavior, College of Public Health, 111 Washington Ave, Lexington, KY 40506-001. E-mail:

Received for publication November 28, 2016, and accepted January 31, 2017.

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