MSM, or males who have sex with males, is a debate/discussion going on since the 1990’s and before. MSM is an issue worldwide, causing STDs and health issues for the men. HIV/AIDS is a sexually transmitted disease caused by issues like this. Worldwide AIDS is an epidemic and 5-10% of the cases of HIV positive males are positive due to MSM. In the United States, “men who have had sex with men since 1977 have an HIV prevalence (the total number of cases of a disease that are present in a population at a specific point in time) 60 times higher than the general population”.
The largest proportion of HIV positive cases in the US between adults and adolescents were men, due to MSM. This category was 53% of the overall diagnoses and 71% among men in the US. A recent study in the US has shown that African American population of MSM is 46% of the overall diagnostics. It is less in the white population, at 27%, and the Hispanic population at 17%. Experts attribute this to “AIDS fatigue” among younger people who have no memory of the worst phase of the epidemic in the 1980s and early 1990s, as well as “condom fatigue” among those who have grown tired of and disillusioned with the unrelenting safer sex message. (attributed to WIkipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Men_who_have_sex_with_men)
States in the US are also individually effected: http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2010/12/aids_fact_sheet.html
The government is fighting back against the epidemic. This last year in July, they will put in place the “National HIV AIDS Stratedgy” it planned to:
Reduce new HIV infections by 2011
Increase access to care while improving health outcomes for people living with HIV by 2015
Reduce HIV-related health disparities by 20 percent by 2015
So far it has improved the AIDS epidemic in the United States.