Rise in STDs in Young African American Homosexual Youth

Posted on November 18, 2011


Recently, the Center for Disease Control estimated that approximately 19 million people were diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease or infection this year.  Of these 19 million, young homosexual and bisexual African American men were affected the most.

 The CDC also noted that although rates of syphilis fell 1.6% from 2009-2010, these rates in young black men rose 134% since 2006.  HIV rates are also peaking in this demographic.

 Across all ethnic groups, rates of Chlamydia increased to 1.3 million cases in 2010.  Youth are especially exposed to STDs.  Although youth 15-24 account for only 25% of the sexually active population, they account for almost half of the new diagnoses for STDs.

Black and Hispanic groups have higher rates of STDs then their Caucasian counterparts,due to a number socioeconomic factors (limited access to health care, less sexual education and other educational resources, etc.)

 The CDC also estimates that treating STDs costs the US government nearly 17 billion dollars annually.

 As part of an initiative to reduce the rates of Chlamydia in Boston, the Boston Public Health commission has a number of resources available to the public. Please call the Mayor’s Health Line at 617-534-5050 for more information.