Men of Color who have Sex with

Men (MSM of Color) & HIV1

Here are the latest facts on Black/African American and Hispanic/Latino men in the United States.

If nothing changes, even more Black/African American and Hispanic/Latino men who have sex with men could get HIV.1 Right now, the CDC predicts that the percentage of minority men who have sex with men diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime will reach:

Black/African American Men

& HIV Risk Factors2

In addition to the risk factors that affect all men who have sex with men, there are other risk factors that are specific to Black/African American men who have sex with men that make them more likely to get HIV.

Black/African American men who have sex with men have a high risk of getting HIV because:

  • they tend to have sex within small communities
  • many already have HIV
  • many who are HIV-positive do not know their HIV status

And might not know their HIV status because they often:

  • take fewer HIV tests
  • have fewer chances to stay to school
  • get smaller incomes
  • have high rates of unemployment and of being sent to prison
  • have little access to quality health care

Hispanic/Latino Men

& HIV Risk Factors3

In addition to the risk factors that affect all men who have sex with men, there are other risk factors that are specific to Hispanic/Latino men who have sex with men that make them more likely to get HIV.

Hispanic/Latino men who have sex with men have a high risk of getting HIV because they often:

  • have high rates of other STDs
  • have little access to quality health care
  • take fewer HIV tests

And may take fewer HIV tests because of:

  • language barriers
  • having fewer chances to stay in school
  • their migration patterns
  • possible problems with citizenship documentation