African Americans report less risky behavior than other groups, yet are still most heavily impacted by HIV. Why, then, are solutions that address factors other than behavior -- factors like institutionalized inequality -- often met with resistance?
It's been said that the intense focus on privacy in many African-American communities creates a "veil of secrecy" around HIV, making it profoundly difficult for many individuals to be open about their HIV status. Here, African Americans living with HIV share their experiences telling others they're HIV positive -- sometimes with unexpected results.
Though more work needs to be done, let's take a moment to acknowledge some of the performers, award winners, divas and authors who've used their social status to educate the public around HIV/AIDS.
If you are a person of color -- especially an African-American -- you are disproportionately at risk for contracting HIV. This infographic supplies you with the knowledge you need to take the first empowered step in joining the fight against HIV.
HIV, Plantations and the Holy Ones: A Blog Entry by Rev. Andrena Ingram
HIV Story Project: Make Your Voice Heard
Who or What Got You Involved in HIV/AIDS Activism in the Black Community?
No Link Between HIV and Poverty? Data Shows Otherwise
Georgia Program Targets HIV in Black Women
For the past 15 years, we have been bombarded with images and media attention blaming the "down-low brotha" -- the closeted gay man who sleeps with both men and women -- for the AIDS epidemic in black America. But these HIV/AIDS advocates from across the U.S. know what's really to blame.
David Robertson had to learn the hard way -- through his own diagnosis, at age 23 -- that you can't judge whether people are HIV positive or HIV negative by whether they "look healthy."
This easy-to-read guide from TheBody.com provides the basics of living with HIV and taking HIV meds.