Some Christian churches have stepped up efforts to address the issue, with one pastor even getting tested from the pulpit.
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“Black MSM (men who sleep with men) continue to be first in line when it comes to need, but remain at the back of the line when it comes to assistance. This report not only highlights the gaps and why they still exist after 30 years, but it also provides a blueprint for how to close the gaps and move those most at risk up to the front,” said Phill Wilson, Founder and Executive Director of the Black AIDS Institute.
The institute urged that more importance be placed on the issue, and revealed that black gay men account for 1 in 500 Americans, yet represent nearly 1 in 4 new HIV infections. What is more alarming, they face higher risks of death after being diagnosed from AIDS – they are significantly less likely to be alive three years being diagnosed than Latino or white gay men.