The History of the Syndemic of AIDS among Gay Men in the United States and the Failure of the Risk Reduction Strategy

By Dale O'Leary | July 15, 2016

HIV/AIDS is no longer a major concern for the public in the United States. It doesn’t even make the list, but the epidemic rolls on. In 2014, the CDC estimated that 36,138 men were newly infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Of these, 30,635 (83%) were gay men or men who had sex with men (MSM).1 While new infections in other categories have been declining, the category MSM has been increasing.

Why? Because from its inception the Risk Reduction strategy adopted to fight the epidemic was guided by, and today continues to be guided by, the political agenda of AIDS activists and not experts in public health. AIDS activists have been selling a failed strategy all along and using the HIV/AIDS crisis to sell their sexual agenda, which includes social acceptance of homosexuality and prostitution, to the world.

Why was such a flawed strategy adopted? Why has this disease targeted gay men? Why have all efforts to reduce new HIV infections among MSM failed?