HIV and African American Gay and Bisexual Men: Knowledge of Status

Knowledge of status is one of the six Ending the HIV Epidemic in the U.S. indicators. Knowledge of status refers to the estimated percentage of people with HIV who have received an HIV diagnosis.

EHE goal: increase the percentage of people with HIV who have received an HIV diagnosis to 95 percent by 2025.
Black/African American Gay and Bisexual Men with HIV*
In 2019, an estimated 235,400 African American gay and bisexual men had HIV in the US.
In 2019, for every 100 African American gay and bisexual men with HIV, 83 knew their HIV status.

* 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.
† Includes infections attributed to male-to-male sexual contact only. Among Black/African American men with HIV attributed to male-to-male sexual contact and injection drug use, 94% knew they had HIV.
Source: CDC. Estimated HIV incidence and prevalence in the United States 2015–2019pdf icon. HIV Surveillance Supplemental Report 2021;26(1).

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