CDC: Black women and men – and white gay men – remain among the highest risk for HIV infection in the US

In a recent report, the CDC has emphasized something that has plagued many public health professionals since the HIV epidemic – the disproportionate distribution of HIV infection. As most know, in the beginning of the HIV epidemic, white gay men had disproportionately higher rates of infection. As the years have passed, the face has changed a bit, but not entirely. White gay men in their 30s and 40s are at particularly high risk for HIV infection, as are young black men and young black women. That doesn’t, of course, mean that other groups are not at risk – in fact, anyone could be at risk for infection depending on their sexual behavior or drug use behavior. You can learn more about the CDC report from and more about testing and prevention directly from the CDC web site.

About Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick is a sex researcher at Indiana University, sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute, columnist, and author of five books about sex and love. Learn more about her work at