Sunday, April 09, 2006

Baltimore, San Franciso Top AIDS Rates for Gay Men

(Cross posted from Crablaw's Maryland Weekly).

According to this report, 40% of Baltimore's gay male residents and over 25% of San Francisco's gay men are HIV positive. According to that report, San Francisco has approximately 64,000 gay men, approximately one out of 12 residents, and the percentage of HIV-positive gay men has declined in recent years due to an influx of non-infected men.

Much of Baltimore AIDS epidemic comes directly or indirectly from the heroin trade and the sharing of needles. Long known as a "nodding town," Baltimore has had a heroin scourge for many years, with as many as 65,000 drug addicts and the plurality of them users of heroin or other opiates.

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