President Barack Obama. (AP)
(CNSNews.com) – President Barack Obama issued a proclamation on Tuesday declaring June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month, and in the proclamation noted that "gay and bisexual men and transgender women of color are at particularly high riks of HIV," the virus that causes AIDS.
“We remain committed to addressing health disparities in the LGBT community--gay and bisexual men and transgender women of color are at a particularly high risk for HIV, and we have worked to strengthen our National HIV/AIDS Strategy to reduce new infections, increase access to care, and improve health outcomes for people living with HIV,” the proclamation states.
Obama credits the LGBT community and its supporters for “sweeping progress by changing hearts and minds and by demanding equal treatment -- under our laws, from our courts, and in our politics,” the proclamation states. “This month, we recognize all they have done to bring us to this point, and we recommit to bending the arc of our Nation toward justice.”
Obama praised the U.S. Supreme Court decision on homosexual “marriage” and pledged that the U.S. government would make sure that older homosexuals would have “affordable, welcoming, and supportive housing.”
“During Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, as Americans wave their flags of pride high and march boldly forward in parades and demonstrations, let us celebrate how far we have come and reaffirm our steadfast belief in the equal dignity of all Americans,” the proclamation states.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), men having sex with men (MSM) represent the highest number of new HIV infections in the United States.
White House illuminated in homosexual
rainbow flag colors. (AP)
In addition, the CDC states, “Anal sex is the highest-risk sexual behavior. For the HIV-negative partner, receptive anal sex (bottoming) is riskier than insertive anal sex (topping). … In fact, having anal sex is the riskiest type of sex for getting or spreading HIV.”
“In 2010, the estimated number of new HIV infections among MSM was 29,800, a significant 12% increase from the 26,700 new infections among MSM in 2008," said the CDC.
“Although MSM represent about 4% of the male population in the United States, in 2010, MSM accounted for 78% of new HIV infections among males and 63% of all new infections. MSM accounted for 54% of all people living with HIV infection in 2011, the most recent year these data are available.
“In 2010, white MSM continued to account for the largest number of new HIV infections (11,200), by transmission category, followed closely by black MSM (10,600).
“The estimated number of new HIV infections was greatest among MSM in the youngest age group. In 2010, the greatest number of new HIV infections (4,800) among MSM occurred in young black/African American MSM aged 13–24. Young black MSM accounted for 45% of new HIV infections among black MSM and 55% of new HIV infections among young MSM overall.
“Since the epidemic began, an estimated 311,087 MSM with an AIDS diagnosis have died, including an estimated 5,380 in 2012.”