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HIV/AIDS Resource Center for African Americans
Kai Chandler Lois Crenshaw Gary Paul Wright Fortunata Kasege Keith Green Lois Bates Greg Braxton Vanessa Austin Bernard Jackson

HIV/AIDS and African Americans

August 20, 2013

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Although African Americans are only 13% of the U.S. population, they account for 44% of HIV infection cases in 2010.
  • African American males have almost 7.8 times the AIDS rate as white males.
  • African American females have 23 times the AIDS rate as white females.
  • African American men are 7 times as likely to die from HIV/AIDS as Non-Hispanic White men.
  • African American women are 15 times as likely to die from HIV/AIDS as Non-Hispanic White women.
  • African American children are twice as likely to be diagnosed with HIV infection, as compared to the White children.
  • In 2011, African Americans were 8.6 times more likely to be diagnosed with HIV infection, as compared to the White population.


At a Glance -- HIV Cases and Rates (Adults)

Estimated Number of Diagnosed Cases and Rates (per 100,000) of HIV Infection, 2011

  # Cases Rate African American/
White Ratio
African American males 16,447 112.8 7.8
White males 12,041 14.5  
 
African American females 6,595 40.0 20.0
White females 1,776 2.0  
 
African American (both sexes) 23,168 60.4 8.6
White (both sexes) 13,846 7.0  

Source: CDC 2013. HIV Surveillance Report: Diagnoses of HIV Infection and AIDS in the United States and Dependent Areas, 2011, v.23. Table 3a.
www.cdc.gov/hiv/surveillance/resources/reports/2011report/pdf/2011_HIV_Surveillance_Report_vol_23.pdf [PDF | 2.32MB]


At a Glance -- HIV Infection Cases and Rates (Children <13 Years)

Estimated Number of Diagnosed Cases and Rates (per 100,000) of HIV Infection, 2011

  # Cases Rate
African American 125 1.7
White 29 0.1
Total Population 192 0.4

Source: CDC 2013. HIV Surveillance Report: Diagnoses of HIV Infection and AIDS in the United States and Dependent Areas, 2011, v.23. Table 5a.
www.cdc.gov/hiv/surveillance/resources/reports/2011report/pdf/2011_HIV_Surveillance_Report_vol_23.pdf [PDF | 2.32MB]

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This article was provided by Office of Minority Health. Visit OMH's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.

See Also
TheBody.com's HIV/AIDS Resource Center for African Americans
HIV and Me: An African American's Guide to Living With HIV
More HIV Statistics on the African-American Community


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