Sobering news about AIDS: … for black gay and bisexual men.

The new research, released yesterday, relies on a newer blood test to identify people who have been infected only recently. The researchers found that in the six cities, black gay men ages 23 to 29 had a 14.7 percent annual rate of new infection compared with 2.5 percent among white gay men and 3.5 percent among Hispanic gay men of the same age. For the age group overall, the new infection rate was 4.4 percent.

The findings mean that for every 100 young black gay men who were not infected at the beginning of the year, nearly 15 would be infected by the end of the year.

While I was looking elsewhere: … life continued apace.

  • James recounts sixteen ways of looking at a black woman.
  • Some of my bud Stephen Stout’s paintings will be on display in “Transformations II,” a show at m, the exhibition division of Francis Mill Gallery, 555 Sutter St., Suite 401, S.F., Calif., 94102, sponsored by S.F. nonprofit Liquid SPACES from Thursday, June 7th to Saturday, June 9th from 1 to 5 p.m. each day. (A reception will happen Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m.; contact director Bry Levine at 415-439-2249 for questions)
  • Delia Nakayama has the proper definition of “hapa” on her mind after reading its mention in an article on Eurasian beauty that Cecily forwarded to me yesterday.
  • Quote of the day: … “We are the fattest, most overweight country in the world … So it’s logical that we’d be home to contests where people brag about who can eat the most.”