In “News We Already Know,” MSM Have Disproportionate HIV and STI Infection Rates

The Henry K. Kaiser Family Foundation recently released an intriguing issue brief on LGBT healthcare entitled “Health and Access to Care and Coverage for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Individuals in the U.S.” The report is chock-full of fascinating statistics from a variety of recent studies. Check out the full report for sources.


As we’ve known and talked about for a long time, the report summarized the huge disparities in HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases between the MSM (men who have sex with men) population and the US population.

  • 56% of all US citizens living with HIV are among MSM.
  • 66% of new HIV infections are among MSM.
    • Keep in mind that MSM make up only 2-3% of the entire US population.
  • Black MSM accounted for 36% of new HIV infections in 2010.
  • MSM account for 72% of new syphilis cases.
  • MSM account for 15-25% of new Hepatitis B cases.
  • MSM are 17 times more likely to develop anal cancer than heterosexual men.

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