A Kaiser Family Foundation survey of what gay American men know and how we behave when it comes to HIV shows a stunning level of ignorance and denial 33 years since the virus began to kill extraordinary numbers of us.
More distressing than the profound lack of knowledge about HIV/AIDS among the 431 adult men who participated in the survey is the fact that it reveals a startling failure — even an absence — of HIV education among gay and bisexual men, despite the fact that we account for the nation’s highest number of those living with or at risk for HIV.
The survey found that only a third of the men knew that HIV infections are increasing among gay men. Meanwhile, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that one in five people who are already infected doesn’t know his or her HIV status.
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