Survey examines high HIV rates in gay and bisexual men
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While anyone who engages in unprotected sex has an increased risk of contracting a sexually transmitted disease (STD) or HIV, some populations have higher rates of infection than others. For example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that gay and bisexual men are more severely affected by HIV than any other group in America. In particular, African American men who have sex with men (MSM) carry the greatest HIV burden, and from 2006 to 2009, infection rates rose in this population by 43 percent.
Now, the CDC is setting out to determine why rates of HIV among MSM are rising. According to The Huffington Post, the organization is teaming up with the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University to conduct a survey of MSM who are at least 18 of age to determine what factors are influencing this surge in HIV infections.
"'Sex is the Question,' which is the largest survey for gay and bisexual men ever attempted by a U.S. federal agency, is designed to be as inclusive as possible. For example, it aims to include a wide variety of men, including guys who are politically active, in monogamous relationships and those who spend time online looking for sexual partners," according to the news source.
The Post added that the survey will also double as an educational tool. After a respondent completes the questionnaire, he will be provided with HIV-prevention material catered toward his specific needs.
Each time a survey is completed, money will be donated to the "It Gets Better" project, an outreach program aimed at reducing depression and suicide among gay and bisexual youth. People interested in taking the questionnaire can find it at sexisthequestion.org.
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