Out of the closet homosexuality in America

The progression of the AIDS epidemic among MSM in the United States over the past 25 years provides an important example of the integral role human behavior can play in the spread of an infectious agent. In this population, behavior and disease have performed a surprisingly coordinated dance where carefree behavior has led to wild surges in the prevalence of infection, and behavior modulated by fear has brought in turn a tempering of infection rates. The social trends that engendered these behaviors and their connections to behavior and disease are reviewed here.

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