The Centers for Disease Control states that:
Black/African American gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men are more affected by HIV than any other group in the United States. In 2018, black/African American gay and bisexual men accounted for 26% (9,756) of the 37,832 new HIV diagnoses and 37% of new diagnoses among all gay and bisexual men in the United States and dependent areas.
Also, according to the Black Futures Lab report, When the Rainbow is Not Enough: LGBTQ+ Voices in the 2019 Black Census2, lack of affordable healthcare and lack of affordable quality housing were identified as two of the top five most pressing economic problems among Black respondents who identified as gay or bisexual (note: these statistics were not further broken down by gender).
Though considerable progress has been made over the years, these statistics (and more) punctuate the dire and continued need for our advocacy, work, and services in our communities. Black gay and bisexual men still need access to care, education and other resources, and NAESM is committed to continuing to lead the charge to meet these needs.
NAESM provides free to low-cost testing for sexually transmitted diseases. You might think an appointment is needed when it isn’t! Testing is fast, convenient, and confidential.