Men with Same-Sex Partners Are Even More Vulnerable to HIV, UN Says

Global rates for new infections have dropped, but queer men remain the most vulnerable.

Men who have same-sex partners may find themselves even more vulnerable to HIV, according to a new report announced by the U.N.

In fact, the report found that men with same-sex sexual partners are 28 times more likely to contract HIV than their heterosexual counterparts, even despite a radical reduction in new infections among gay men in Western countries. UNAIDS, which coordinates the organization’s global response to HIV/AIDS, estimates that the overall annual number of new HIV infections has dropped from a high of 3.4 million in 1996 to 1.8 million last year.

This overall reduction can partly be attributed to advancements in prevention, such as the introduction of PrEP, even though the drug has so far only been available in North America, Western Europe, and Australia. However, even with fewer new HIV infections, gay men still remain the most vulnerable population for contracting the disease.

But when it comes to improving health and sex education in regards to how information on HIV treatment and management, individuals find that stigma and discrimination still largely affect how they access HIV specific information, or even who is able to access it. Still, the importance of safer sex practices remains paramount when it comes to protecting oneself from infection.

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