via Chi Town Daily News, by Alex Parker
A first-of-its-kind study looking at HIV infection rates found that half of gay men in Chicago who have HIV did not know they were infected, and two-thirds of infected black men were unaware.
In addition, infection rates for black men were more than twice the rates for whites and Hispanics.
The results of the Chicago Department of Public Health survey are sobering, officials say, but not unexpected.
"It's a terrible thing, but it is not surprising," says Jim Pickett, director of advocacy for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago. The statistics prove what some organizations, including the city, have been seeing for several years: That gay black men are among the fastest growing groups to test HIV-positive.