Perspectives: Young MSM
Young Black & Latino Men Who Have Sex with Men
Among the populations that have been most devastated by HIV in this country are men who have sex with men (MSM) and communities of color—specifically, Black and Latino Americans. When the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) was released in 2010, it called for a renewed focus on populations most impacted by HIV, noting that men who have sex with men made up the majority (now 61 percent) of new infections. Similarly, in 2010, Black Americans made up 45 percent of new infections, and the HIV rate for Latinos was almost three times that of Whites.2 In particular, the NHAS called for interventions that sought to redress the health disparities for Black and Latino men who have sex with men, who are burdened with even higher HIV rates.