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John L. Peterson

In: AIDS, Identity, and Community: The HIV Epidemic and Lesbians and Gay Men

Chapter 5: AIDS-Related Risks and Same-Sex Behaviors among African American Men

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AIDS-Related Risks and Same-Sex Behaviors among African American Men
AIDS-related risks and same-sex behaviors among African American men
JohnL.Peterson

Male same-sex behavior represents a significant risk factor for HIV transmission among African Americans. Over 10% of all AIDS cases in the United States contracted through male-male sexual contact have occurred among African American men (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 1995). Among African Americans, the proportion of AIDS cases attributed to male homosexual/bisexual activity (36%) is almost equal to that attributed to injection drug use (38%) and higher than that attributed to heterosexual contact (12%; CDC, 1993). Within their respective racial categories, more African Americans (41%) than Hispanics (31%) and Whites (21%) reported bisexual activity when they engaged in male-male sexual contact (Chu, Peterman, Doll, Buehler, ...

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