CDC Report - HIV Highest among African American Population


Although the African American population makes up only thirteen point six percent of the U.S. population, they account for fifty pint three percent of all diagnosed cases of HIV, federal health officials reported.

HIV Diagnoses Rate

The rate of HIV diagnosis among African American “men is eight times that of whites, and the rate for black women is 19 times that of whites, finds a new analysis of data from 37 states by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There is also a higher rate of sexually transmitted diseases in the black community, noting other STDs facilitate the transmission of HIV. Disparities in access to health care and poverty also contribute to the increased risk of HIV among African Americans,” Fenton explained.


The CDC is looking into ways for African Americans to get testing, ways to expand HIV testing and referral services within the African American community. They are also are working with faith-based organizations," he said. "They really play a major role in daily living." The programs Kolber runs go into churches and provide HIV/AIDS education in the context of overall health issues.



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