Alarming new AIDS problem

Published: May 25, 2010

Alarming new AIDS problem

Preliminary results from a public health investigation show an alarming increase in the rate at which black men who have sex with other men in Milwaukee County are contracting HIV.

Not all of the men having sex with men – or MSMs – are gay. Some, for instance, may be prostitutes or prisoners. Preliminary results of the study estimate that between 20 and 41 percent of black MSMs have contracted the virus that leads to AIDS.

Final results of the study aren’t expected until this summer, but it’s clear the city has a major problem. “What we know now is there should be some alarm,” says Bevan Baker, City of Milwaukee Health Commissioner.

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