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Black gay men still at higher risk of HIV in the UK
Roger Pebody, 2017-03-29 18:10:00
Gay and bisexual men of black ethnicity are disproportionately
likely to be living with diagnosed HIV than white British men, with no evidence
that this health inequality has narrowed since 2001, according to a report
published online ahead of print in Sexually
The data come from the 2014 Gay Men’s Sex Survey, a
convenience sample of 15,388 men recruited online.
While 11.3% of white British men who had ever taken a test
were diagnosed with HIV, this was the case for 12.9% of black men. After taking
into account other factors likely to skew the results, black men were more
likely to be diagnosed with HIV (adjusted odds ratio 1.53) and more likely to
have been diagnosed in the year before the survey (adjusted odds ratio 2.57).
This is comparable to results from the 2001 Gay Men’s Sex
Survey, which also found black men more likely to have HIV (adjusted odds ratio
studies have had similar results – but also found that black men were less
likely to engage in HIV risk behaviours and more likely to engage in HIV
The 2014 survey found few differences in rates of anal sex
without a condom between ethnic groups, but did find that black men were more
likely to have had anal sex without a condom with at least two men in the past
year (adjusted odds ratio 1.85).