Why is it that Rekha Basu and many on the left diminish what is obvious?  Homosexual sex, among men, is the greatest risk factor for contracting HIV.

It’s not the only way, but it is one of the most prevalent ways.  It may not be politically correct to say, but it is the truth.  Fortunately I’m not hanging out on a limb here, as the Center for Disease Control agrees with me in a recent report which looked specifically at men who had sex with men (MSM).  They found:

  • MSM account for nearly half of the more than one million people living with HIV in the U.S. (48%, or an estimated 532,000 total persons).
  • MSM account for more than half of all new HIV infections in the U.S. each year (53%, or an estimated 28,700 infections).
  • While CDC estimates that MSM account for just 4 percent of the U.S. male population aged 13 and older, the rate of new HIV diagnoses among MSM in the U.S. is more than 44 times that of other men (range: 522–989 per 100,000 MSM vs. 12 per 100,000 other men).
  • MSM is the only risk group in the U.S. in which new HIV infections are increasing. While new infections have declined among both heterosexuals and injection drug users, the annual number of new HIV infections among MSM has been steadily increasing since the early 1990s.

4% of the population, but they make up 48% of all the cases.  Naw, it couldn’t be their behavior.  The CDC must be a bunch of bigots… homophobes.

I’m *sure* that same-sex marriage will help reduce the rate of those being infected with AIDS as heterosexuals are getting married at younger ages and no longer engage in premarital sex (yes tongue firmly planted in cheek).

Jan Mickelson notes that there wasn’t an asterisk or footnote that exempted gay men who were married.  Again, let’s state the obvious – gay men have the greatest risk of contracting HIV/AIDS.

But that wouldn’t be politically correct as it may mean something is wrong with their behavior, and we can’t have that.

That would be judgmental.

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  1. You do realize by posting the stat that “nearly” half of those living w/ HIV in the U.S. are MSMs that you are also admitting that MORE than half of them are NOT MSMs, don’t you? Thus completely destroying your argument and your implied place of blame – that homosexuality in action is responsible for the spread of HIV. Never mind that homosexual women have the lowest rate of transmission of all groups, including heterosexual couples. The rate of transmission is much higher if you are the receptive partner of anal penetrative sex. This is true whether you are in a homosexual relationship or a heterosexual relationship. It has nothing to do with homosexuality, per se, and everything to do with fragile tissue and increased chance of tears found with anal intercourse. Period. Next easiest way to get it sexually? Receptive partner in vaginal intercourse. That you either ignore or are ignorant of the fact that 52% is a bigger number than 48% is sad. That you try to somehow connect the spread of HIV to homosexuality as a whole and then homosexual marriage after this, that’s just pathetic.

    Hope you’re protecting yourself in your own endeavors, because when it comes to STDs and misinformation as to who is truly at risk, ignorance is not bliss.

    1. John,

      I never said that only homosexual men get it, but you seem to be ignoring other facts that the CDC puts out. Like they represent only 4% of the population, but yet make up 48% of all HIV/AIDS cases. So no my argument isn’t destroyed.

      Also the CDC notes this is the only group that is still seeing an increase in AIDS cases.

      Regarding the spread of HIV, where did you think it first started? Where is it still increasing? It certainly isn’t the only way, but then I never said that.

      Since I’ve been faithfully married to a woman who has also been faithful we don’t have to worry, but thanks for your concern.

      I could get into the lie perpetuated about condoms providing protection against HIV, but that is a whole different blog post. You want to practice safe sex? Abstain until marriage – that is the only true safe sex. Anything less than that is just rolling the dice.

  2. While in the US there is a correlation between sexual orientation and HIV infection, it is important to remember that this effect is diminished when looking at world wide numbers. The UNAIDS “Report on Global HIV/AIDS Epidemic” has estimated that 80% of the world’s HIV infections result from heterosexual intercourse. When you take into account the high infection rates among homosexual men in the US and Western Europe, it is concievable that many second and third world nations are dealing with infection rates taht place homosexuals at no to little greater risk than heterosexuals.

      1. I bring it up because you point to behavior as a basis for the higher infection rate, but correlation is not causation. If homosexual behavior was the cause of higher infection rates, it would only make sense that the disproportionate representation of homosexuals would be expected to hold steady across the board. Because we see differences in this issue in other countries, it indicates the disproportionate infection rate is more complex than a simple increased rate due to the type of behavior.

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