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People who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) are members of every community. They are diverse, come from all walks of life, and include people of all races and ethnicities, all ages, all socioeconomic statuses, and from all parts of the country. The perspectives and needs of LGBT people should be routinely considered in public health efforts to improve the overall health of every person and eliminate health disparities. Read more »


  • Survey Report - Sexual Orientation and Health Among U.S. Adults: National Health Interview Survey, 2013
  • Start Talking. Stop HIV - A campaign to reduce the new HIV infections among gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men
  • Testing Makes Us Stronger Campaign image of flexed bicepTesting Makes Us Stronger - A campaign encouraging African American gay and bisexual men to get tested for HIV
  • Reasons/Razones - A campaign encouraging Latino gay and bisexual men to get tested for HIV

Data and Statistics

This chart shows the populations most affected by HIV in 2010. In that year, there were 11,200 new HIV infections among white men who have sex with men (called MSM); 10,600 new HIV infections among black MSM; 6,700 new infections among Hispanic/Latino MSM; 5,300 new infections among black heterosexual women; 2,700 new infections among black heterosexual men; 1,300 new infections among white heterosexual women; 1,200 among Hispanic/Latino heterosexual women; and 1,100 among black male injection drug users.
Men who have sex with men (MSM) accounted for 63% of the estimated new HIV infections in 2010. Go to this HIV topic page for more information.