- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 3, 2013

A report by the Centers for Disease Control released last week found that 62 percent of American men who are knowingly HIV-positive said they have had unprotected sex with a man in the last year.

According to the CDC, unprotected anal sex is a high-risk practice for HIV infection, with receptive anal sex having the highest risk.

“High HIV prevalence, lack of awareness of HIV-positive status, and unprotected anal sex” between gay, bisexual and other men are cited by the CDC as contributing to continued new infections among this population, CBS reported.

According to the report, men who have sex with men, or MSM, are a small proportion of the population, but “they represent the majority of persons diagnosed with HIV in nearly every U.S. state. Unprotected anal sex in the last 12 months increased nearly 20% among MSM from 2005 to 2011.”

The CDC says that the reasons for the increase in unprotected anal sex are not fully known, “but might partially reflect the adoption of presumed risk-reduction strategies, such as engaging in unprotected sex only with partners perceived to have the same HIV status as one’s own.”

The CDC recommends MSM be tested annually for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.



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