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Traveling can be fun and exciting, and events such as the Black Pride festivities which happen during different months and vary from state to state, as well as numerous tourist destinations draw huge numbers of attractive Black men from all over North America and the world. Unfortunately, places such as the U.S. and the Caribbean have much higher rates of STIs, HIV and different strains of sexually transmitted viruses. When visiting other places like the U.S. and the Caribbean take precautions; use condoms and avoid risky sexual behaviour.

Here are some statistics on infection rates among U.S. Black MSM

•Black people make up only 13% of the total U.S. population and 49% of new HIV/AIDS diagnoses in the U.S.
•Black and Latino men who have sex with men are the primary risk groups acquiring the HIV virus in the U.S.
•61% of people newly diagnosed with HIV under 25 years old in the U.S are Black.
•The top five American states with the largest numbers of diagnosed AIDS cases are New York, Florida, California, Texas, and Georgia.

Information from 2001 CDC statistics

For those of you who are HIV-positive, it’s important to be aware that there are also different strains of the HIV virus in other parts of the world which may place you at risk of re-infection (infection with another HIV virus strain), and complicate your current drug treatment.

When you return home, be sure to get tested for STIs and HIV.

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