Young black males 'need to use condoms'

Decisions over condom use by young black males could explain why they have among the highest rates of HIV infection in the US.

According to a study to be presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies, young black men who have intercourse with members of the same sex are twice as likely to contract HIV than Hispanic and white men.

Because of this, individuals in this demographic may want to make sure they wear condoms.

Failure to do so could see the infection levels increasing of not just HIV, but also syphilis and chlamydia.

"We found that their beliefs about masculinity may affect their ability to protect themselves against HIV," Dr Fiedls, the lead researcher, observed.

He added the findings should be considered when it comes to developing prevention strategies.

Last month, the Croydon Guardian revealed the Croydon Area Gay Society held an event designed to highlight the need to use the prophylactic when having fornication.