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New Study Finds HIV Rates Among MSM Vastly Higher Than General Population in Developing Countries
Date:11/30/2007

amfAR says discrimination fuels epidemic; calls for more research and prevention

NEW YORK, Nov. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Responding to a new study demonstrating the severity of the HIV epidemic among men who have sex with men (MSM) in low- and middle-income countries, amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, called on policymakers to put aside their prejudices and to provide the resources and the leadership that the epidemic demands.

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health today published the results of a new study showing that in 38 low- and middle-income countries men who have sex with men have an average 19 times greater chance of being infected with HIV than the general population. In some countries MSM are more than 100 times more likely to be infected, the study found.

For more information and for reporters to have the opportunity to view a press-only preview of the research paper, please contact Donald Kaplan at donald.kaplan@amfar.org or Jennifer Samuels at jennifer.samuels@amfar.org.

The paper will be published in the open-access journal PLoS Medicine (http://medicine.plosjournals.org/perlserv/?request=index-html&issn=1549-16 76&ct=1) on Dec. 1.

In the most comprehensive analysis of HIV among MSM populations to date, researchers found that in the Republic of Georgia, MSM were about 24 times more likely to be infected than the general population; Senegal - 27 times more likely; China - 45 times more likely; and Mexico - 109 times more likely. The study indicates that even in countries with low HIV prevalence in the general population, the epidemic among MSM is raging. The term "MSM" includes those who identify as "gay," but also encompasses any men who have sexual encounters with other men, including groups whose gende
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