#AskTheHIVDoc: Why Are Gay Men at Greater Risk for HIV? (1:16)

#AskTheHIVDoc: Why Are Gay Men at Greater Risk for HIV? (1:16)

March 26, 2020 0 By Jose Scott


This gentleman asks, “Why are gay men more
at risk for HIV?” You have some questions? We know HIV.
I’m a doctor. I’m trained for this. We’re gonna give you what you need.
The answer to this question is not about who you are but it’s more about a numbers game.
Since the HIV epidemic started in the 1980s gay men have been at a greater risk and represented
more of the new HIV cases that we’ve known in this country and internationally as well.
In this day and time gay men still make up about 2/3 of the new HIV diagnosis. Whether
you like it or not just because you’re having sex with other men you are going to put yourself
in a pool where you’re having a greater chance of getting in contact with HIV. The other
part of that is when you do have anal sex without a condom it’s going to be more at
risk for HIV. Again, the point I would want to make it’s
not just because you’re gay. It’s because we live in a high HIV prevalent society among
gay men and then also because some of the behaviors that we engage in may put us more
at risk for HIV.