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In respect to homosexuality and AIDS, the original spread of AIDS is generally attributed to the promiscuity of homosexual men. Originally the syndrome was called the "gay disease" because the overwhelming majority of patients were homosexual men.
Of newly diagnosed HIV infections in the United States during the year 2003, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimated that about 63% were among men who were infected through sexual contact with other men.
As of 1998, fifty-four percent of all AIDS cases in the United States were homosexual men, and the CDC stated that nearly ninety percent of these men acquired HIV through sexual activity with other men.
There is considerable controversy around the causes of AIDs transmission in Africa. In general, however, it is believed that a high proportion of cases arise from heterosexual activity or from healthcare transmission (e.g. infected needles).
Male homosexual acts account for a large proportion of AIDs transmission in the US and Europe, but AIDs transmission as a result of lesbian sex acts are low (and lower than for heterosexuals).
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from 1994 to 1997 the proportion of homosexual men stating they had anal sex increased from 57.6 percent to 61.2 percent. Studies report that anal sex may be an important risk factor for the relay of many diseases. For example in 2004, Jeffrey D. Klausner, Robert Kohn, and Charlotte Kent reported in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases that proctitis significantly increases the likelihood of HIV infection.
- HIV Prevalence, Unrecognized Infection, and HIV Testing Among Men Who Have Sex with Men --- Five U.S. Cities, June 2004--April 2005
- Health risks of the homosexual lifestyle
- The Negative Health Effects of Homosexuality
- Intestinal Parasitism among Homosexual Male