CDC: risk of HIV 150 times greater for gay men than for heterosexual men

MercatorNet reports on the latest HIV-related numbers from the United States government’s Center for Disease Control.


Recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on HIV infection in the United States reveal some disturbing trends concerning gay males or, in CDC terminology, “men who have sex with men” (MSM). In recent data the CDC estimated that 61 percent of the 48,079 HIV infections diagnosed in 2010 occurred through male to male sexual contact.(1) According to the CDC data, sexual contact and injection drug use are the predominant means by which HIV is transmitted.

The CDC data on HIV diagnoses came from forty-six states and five U.S. dependent areas. Some 29,194 new HIV diagnoses in 2010 were linked to male homosexual contact where no injection drug use took place. There were approximately 4550 HIV male diagnoses linked to heterosexual contact. Injection drug use was involved in 5481 cases. Women contracting the HIV virus through heterosexual contact accounted for approximately 8,800 cases. Another 47 HIV cases came from sources other than the four listed. Included in the other 47 cases were blood transfusions and prenatal exposure.(2) When CDC statistics are analyzed using the estimate of the MSM population at 4 percent of the American male population and assuming the other 96 percent who do not have sex with men are heterosexual, the risk of HIV infection from sexual contact for MSM was approximately 150 times greater than the heterosexual male population in 2010.(3)

To put the HIV risk for MSM into perspective a comparison with the health risks of smoking can be made. Smoking tobacco is a causative factor of many types of cancer, the most common being lung cancer. According to the CDC the risk of lung cancer for men who smoke is 23 times greater than for men who do not smoke. For women who smoke the risk is 13 times greater than for women who do not. Those who smoke are also 2 to 4 times more likely to suffer coronary heart disease and 2 to 4 times more likely to suffer a stroke.(4)

[…]Similar to smoking, homosexual behavior has other unhealthy side effects. The CDC stated that the rate of primary and secondary syphilis among MSM is “more than 46 times that of other men and more than 71 times that of women.”(8) Studies have shown that MSM are at higher risk of alcohol and drug abuse, anxiety, major depression, and thoughts of suicide.(9)

The footnotes in the MercatorNet article either go directly back to the CDC web site, or in some cases to peer-reviewed published research.

CDC numbers were also recently reported in the Washington Times.


Teens and young adults now account for more than a quarter of the new cases of HIV identified in the United States annually, and a clear majority of those cases involve young gay or bisexual men, the federal government said in a major new survey Tuesday.

Of the nearly 48,000 new HIV cases identified in the United States in 2010, the latest year for which complete data are available, more than 12,000 involved teens and young adults, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) found in its latest report.

About 72 percent of these new HIV cases in younger adults occurred in young men who are gay or bisexual, according to the CDC report.

[…]According to the CDC figures, black youths accounted for the largest share of new HIV cases, with Hispanic youths and white youths accounting for about 20 percent each.

About 1.1 million people are estimated to be living with HIV in the United States. Some 47,129 new HIV cases were identified in 2010.

The CDC’s new report, “Vital Signs: HIV Infection, Testing, Risk Behaviors Among Youths, United States,” estimated that youths aged 13 to 24 accounted for 12,200, or 26 percent, of new HIV infections in 2010.

Of these new cases, 7,000 were among black youths, 2,390 were among Hispanics, and 2,380 were among whites.

About 8,800 cases were attributed to male-to-male sexual contact.

HIV/AIDS is incurable, and an estimated 17,774 people with AIDS died in 2009. Some 619,000 persons have died of AIDS in the United States since the epidemic began in the early 1980s, according to the CDC.

If you really love a person, you don’t hide the risks of certain activities from them. You tell them the truth about the risks, so that they have all the information they need when making decisions. I wouldn’t let any of my friends smoke cigarettes without getting a stern warning, supported by evidence. Somehow, we’ve redefined love to mean approving of whatever people want to do, regardless of risks. Why is that a good thing? Telling people the truth about what they doing are should never be viewed as “intolerant”.

7 thoughts on “CDC: risk of HIV 150 times greater for gay men than for heterosexual men”

  1. This is obviously hate speech on the part of the CDC, right? What else could it be? Isn’t anything critical of that lifestyle considered to be hateful?

    Haters!! Hate speech! Put them in jail, just like in Canada and just like the Left is trying to do in the U.S.

    Of course you won’t hear about these facts in the mainstream media or at Planned Parenthood, who will just tell kids to use condoms for any kind of gay sex (because they are all about following the rules and never rebelling against authority, of course). I’m surprised that the CDC hasn’t stopped tracking these figures.


  2. Wintery Knight, when you say “you tell them the truth about the risks”, what exactly are you referring to? Promiscuous behavior? Drug injections? Sex with strangers? Or are you, like William Lane Craig and Thomas Coy (the author of that MercatorNet article), simply referring to the act of homosexual sex itself period as the risky behavior? I’m almost certain that you are, but if so, then what do you do with a monogamous homosexual couple who engage in safe sex practices and who do not carry any sexually transmitted diseases? You couldn’t object to it on the grounds of “risks” since there wouldn’t be any, and yet you obviously are objecting to “MSM” in and of itself, just as that person at MercatorNet clearly is (as made clear by his ridiculous introductory blurb). Seriously though, think about it. What’s the point of making this post if there are ways of overcoming the risky behavior for homosexuals while still letting them engage in homosexual activity? I’m guessing it’s just your attempt to once again cast gay people and homosexuality in a negative light so as to suit your preconceived religious and conservative beliefs on the matter, but hide it by appealing to your “secular based arguments”.

    Honestly, I don’t know I ever bothered with this blog. Too much anti-gay junk on it, much of it unnecessarily offensive and almost always misguided. It’s one thing to be against homosexuality because of religious reasons, as I am, but it’s totally another thing to use these disingenuous approaches of trying to rationalize it and then draw overreaching political and social conclusions from them that affect gay people and their civil liberties outside of our Christian worldviews, as you are doing. It just leads to further demonization and negative stigmas about gay people that can, and often does directly affect their health and well being. It’s this kind of nonsense that has made it so hard for many gay Christians like myself to come out to their families and friends. Not only do we have to worry about telling our loved ones about our orientations, but we also have to further worry about the negative stereotypes that accompany it when people think about gay people. You just can’t appreciate what it’s like to be in that situation. It makes it monumentally more difficult to tell people what you’re going through when you have that fear of how people might think and react to it based on those stereotypes. Those common stereotypes, however, aren’t even remotely true in my case, as with many Christians who are homosexual. But do continue on with your posts about gay people, homosexuality and related issues, along with your never failing apathy for which they carry.

    Anyways, I’m done with this blog. One can only take in so many anti-gay posts before you realize that you, and people like you, are really only being used as cheap pawns to promote an agenda. And Christians wonder why they’re often viewed as bigots on this matter.


    1. I’m so glad, ChristianJR4, that these CDC numbers do not apply to you. I posted them as a warning to others who may not be as careful. I’m sorry that you won’t be reading the blog anymore. Nothing I said was directed at you personally. I think you’ll agree that I am equally hard on heterosexuals who embrace sex outside of marriage, and that I post far more frequently about that.


  3. If people embrace the sin of homosexuality then they aren’t acting as Christians. If they struggle with same-sex attraction, that’s different. But as soon as they pretend that God made them that way, or that the Bible doesn’t say it is wrong, etc., then they are wolves and should be treated as such.

    Being “committed” to a sinful lifestyle and monogamously performing that sin does not make it less sinful.

    These stats back up what the Bible teaches: God gave them over to these behaviors and they carry temporal and eternal consequences.


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