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CDC finds 20% jump in unprotected sex between men in US since 2005

in UNITED STATES, 30/11/2013

The US Center for Disease Control has reported a 20% jump in unprotected sex among gay and bisexual men over a six year period - while it estimates a third of the HIV positive men who have sex with men in the US don’t even know they have the virus.

A US Center for Disease Control (CDC) study of data from across 20 US cities has shown a 20% jump in the number of gay men having unsafe sex - but also shows that gay men who know their HIV status are at significantly lower sexual risk of catching or passing the virus.

The report also found that the percentage of gay and bisexual men reporting unprotected anal sex at least once during the past 12 months grew to 57 percent in 2011 from 48 percent in 2005.

According to the data, 33% of HIV positive men who have sex with men were unaware they were infected with the virus in 2011 due to not getting tested and mistakenly believed they were HIV negative.

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