Men Who have Sex with Men: Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Estimated HIV/AIDS Prevalence at the State and County Level, Florida
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- Lieb, S., Arons, P., Thompson, D.R. et al. AIDS Behav (2009) 13: 716. doi:10.1007/s10461-008-9411-3
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Population-based HIV/AIDS prevalence estimates among men who have sex with men (MSM) have been unavailable, but have implications for effective prevention efforts. Prevalent (living) Florida HIV/AIDS cases reported through 2006 (numerators) were stratified by race/ethnicity and HIV exposure category. Based on previous research, MSM populations were posited as 4–10% of all males aged ≥13 years in each subgroup (denominators). At the estimated lower and upper plausible bounds, respectively, HIV/AIDS prevalence per 100,000 MSM was significantly higher among black (8,292.6–20,731.4); Hispanic (5,599.5–13,998.7); and Asian/Pacific Islander, American Indian or multi-racial (4,942.6–12,356.8) MSM than among white MSM (3,444.9–8,612.3). HIV/AIDS prevalence among all MSM was 13.8–36.9 times that among all other males. Across 19 high-morbidity counties, MSM HIV/AIDS prevalence was highest among those in the most populous counties and highest among blacks. This methodology, adaptable by other states, facilitates calculation of plausible MSM HIV/AIDS prevalence to guide HIV prevention/care community planners and MSM.