Commentary & Opinion
Officials Should Be More "Imaginative" in Addressing HIV/AIDS Among African Americans, Wall Street Journal Columnist Says
September 11, 2003
Although new statistics show that HIV/AIDS disproportionately affects African Americans, the trend is "not new" and is "deepening with each passing year," Michael Waldholz, Wall Street Journal health and science news editor, writes in his column. Many HIV/AIDS advocates say that government officials are "not being imaginative enough" in how they handle this "burgeoning racial disparity," Waldholz says. Phill Wilson, founder of the Black AIDS Institute, said, "AIDS is not a primary issue in this country anymore, period. But the fact is this: The epidemic has not let up in black America," according to Waldholz. Recently released CDC statistics show that 54% of the approximately 43,000 new HIV cases reported in the United States in 2002 were among African Americans, compared with 35% of new cases in 1993, he notes. In addition, AIDS-related complications were the leading cause of death among African Americans between the ages of 25 and 44 in 2001, Waldholz states.
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