The United States and the United Kingdom have done research into how often gay males actually are tested for HIV within a year and general STATS on HIV infection. These are surveys from willing participants and cannot hold the full story about our entire community, but they do paint a chilling picture.

  • Data from the Gay Men’s Sex Survey 2014, a cross-sectional survey of MSM, aged 16 years or older and living in the UK. Only men who did not have diagnosed HIV and were living in England were included in this analysis.Younger men, older men and men who were not gay identified were least likely to have tested for HIV.
  • Pink News Reported: only 77% of UK gay and bisexual guys have ever been tested for HIV, and one in four have never ever had an HIV test. About 36% are unaware of their current HIV status.
  • Cary James, the Head of Health Promotion at Terrence Higgins Trust, said: We’re concerned that a third of UK gay men are not definite about their HIV status – particularly as we know that one in seven men who have sex with men are undiagnosed.
  • Of 1419 American MSM with HIV testing data (89% of total), 1106 (78%) reported prior HIV testing, of whom 105 (9%) had tested positive. Among HIV-negative/unknown ever testers, 51% reported currently testing on a regular schedule, of whom 1% reported testing monthly, 33% quarterly, 38% every 6 months, 22% annually, 3% every 2 years, and 3% on another schedule.
  • 1 in 6 American gay and bisexual men living with HIV are unaware they have it.
  • Gay and bisexual men accounted for 82% (26,376) of new HIV diagnoses among all males aged 13 and older and 67% of the total new diagnoses in the United States.
  • Gay and bisexual men aged 13 to 24 accounted for 92% of new HIV diagnoses among all men in their age group and 27% of new diagnoses among all gay and bisexual men.
  • Gay and bisexual men accounted for 55% (10,047) of people who received an AIDS diagnosis. Of those men, 39% were African American, 31% were white, and 24% were Hispanic/Latino.
  • It is predicted that 50% of Gay/Bi Black American men will contract HIV within their life times. As the New York Times reported. “Last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, using the first comprehensive national estimates of lifetime risk of H.I.V. for several key populations, predicted that if current rates continue, one in two African-American gay and bisexual men will be infected with the virus. That compares with a lifetime risk of one in 99 for all Americans and one in 11 for white gay and bisexual men. To offer more perspective: Swaziland, a tiny African nation, has the world’s highest rate of H.I.V., at 28.8 percent of the population. If gay and bisexual African-American men made up a country, its rate would surpass that of this impoverished African nation — and all other nations.”
  • Southern states today account for an estimated 44 percent of all people living with an HIV diagnosis in the U.S., despite having only about one-third (37%) of the overall U.S. population. Diagnosis rates for people in the South are higher than for Americans overall. Eight of the 10 states with the highest rates of new HIV diagnoses are in the South, as are the 10 metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) with the highest rates.
  • Black gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) face an especially heavy burden, accounting for 59 percent of all HIV diagnoses among African Americans in the South. In fact, of all black MSM diagnosed with HIV nationally in 2014, more than 60 percent were living in the South.