In 1998, 2,161 Men who have sex with men and use injectable drugs (MSM/IDU) were diagnosed with AIDS--a
37% decline since 1996. This decline is due in part to the availability of more
effective HIV treatments in recent years.
Supplemental research points to continued
risk behavior among MSM/IDU. Interviews with more than 500 MSM/IDU recently diagnosed
with AIDS found that 76% reported having sex with a man and 43% reported sex with a
woman in the past 5 years, and nearly half of these did not always use condoms.
Additionally, 34% had injected drugs during the same time period, with 45% reporting
These findings point to the dangerous intersection of risk for men
who have sex with men, injection drug users and women, and indicate a need for
comprehensive HIV prevention programs to slow the spread of the epidemic in all