Study: Half of Chicago's HIV-positive men unaware


CHICAGO (AP) -

The Chicago Public Health Department estimates 17 percent of gay men in Chicago are HIV-positive, with half of them unaware they are infected.

Health officials also say although black men who have sex with other men have double the HIV infection rates of white and Hispanic men.

Public Health Department assistant commissioner Christopher Brown says it isn't known why black men are disproportionately affected by HIV. He said the health department is working with social service groups to expand testing and increase contact with the city's gay and bisexual population.

Health officials said Friday information in the report on HIV infection mark the first time Chicago health officials have used blood-testing to determine infection rates among men.

According to Brown, past estimates have relied solely on interviews with gay and bisexual men about their HIV status.

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