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July 21, 2010

MACS: Childhood Sex Abuse and Victimization Linked to Increased HIV Risk - by Tim Horn "Gay and bisexual men enrolled in the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study (MACS) who reported sexual abuse and social shaming in childhood experience psychosocial health problems later in life known to substantially increase the risk of HIV infection, according to data reported Wednesday, July 21, at the XVIII International AIDS Conference in Vienna.

"The elaborate study, presented in Vienna by Sin How Lim, PhD, of the University of Pittsburgh and her colleagues, included 1,086 HIV-positive and -negative gay and bisexual men enrolled in the MACS, which was started in 1983 and remains the longest-running National Institutes of Health–funded investigation of HIV/AIDS."