HIV and African American Gay and Bisexual Men: HIV Prevention

There are many HIV prevention strategies available, including condoms; pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP); post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP); as well as interventions focused on risk reduction; adherence to HIV medicine; linkage to, retention in, and re-engagement in care; structural approaches; and engagement in PrEP care. Additionally, for people with HIV, treatment provides substantial benefits for personal health and reduces HIV transmission to others. This is sometimes called HIV treatment as prevention.

PrEP Awareness and Use Among Black/African American Gay and Bisexual Men in 23 US Cities, 2017*†
PrEP is highly effective for preventing HIV from sex or injection drug use.
78 percent of African American gay and bisexual men without HIV were aware of PrEP and 19 percent used PrEP.

* Black  refers to people having origins in any of the Black racial groups of Africa. African American  is a term often used for people of African descent with ancestry in North America.
Among gay and bisexual men aged 18 and older.
Source: CDC. HIV infection risk, prevention, and testing behaviors among men who have sex with men—National HIV Behavioral Surveillance, 23 U.S. cities, 2017HIV Surveillance Supplemental Report 2019;22.

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