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HIV/AIDS Resource Center for African Americans
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What Is the Most Critical HIV/AIDS Issue Facing the African-American Community?


Kenyon Farrow
Kenyon Farrow
Communications and Public Education Coordinator, New York State Black Gay Network, New York, N.Y.

We are launching a campaign focused in New York City, based on the CDC [U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]'s five-city survey showing that black men who have sex with men [MSM] have an HIV prevalence rate of 46 percent. That in and of itself is critical, just those numbers.

Keith Green
Keith Green
Associate Editor, Test Positive Aware Network, Chicago, Ill.

The stigma! The stigma about HIV, the stigma around sexuality, stigma, stigma, stigma.

Sheryl Lee Ralph
Sheryl Lee Ralph
Singer, Actor, Producer and Playwright, Founder of "Divas Simply Singing" annual benefit, Los Angeles, Calif.

Ignorance and stigma. Every time I perform Sometimes I Cry, you would be amazed at what people do not know about this disease. Sometimes I think, "How could they not know?" But the more we concentrate on prevention, the more we're starting to see bits and bits of change, which is a good thing.

Carlos Velez
Carlos Velez
Former Director of Technical Assistance, Training and Treatment, National Minority AIDS Council, Washington, D.C.

Confusion about who is really at risk for HIV, with the result that HIV prevention and education are being focused in the wrong direction.

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Reader Comments:

Comment by: Niky (World) Sat., Aug. 1, 2015 at 4:12 pm UTC
Most issue of hiv is lies and a low rate of health care wide spread of disease
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Comment by: Sue (Los Angeles) Mon., Jul. 26, 2010 at 5:38 pm UTC
People a more concerned with what other people think rather than protecting themselves. It really is a dangerous time to be sexually active.
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Comment by: cliffwms44 (Philadelphia, Pa.) Sat., Apr. 10, 2010 at 9:46 pm UTC
Housing for homeless people with HIV/AIDS.
Why the city of Philadelphia does not contribute to Aids funding for homeless people with HIV/AIDS.

Housing is prevention health care and supports faculties of well-being.
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Comment by: daniel okon (nigeria, ekiti state) Thu., Jun. 18, 2009 at 5:43 am UTC
we run an NGO where children have the opportunity to speak against HIV thruogh writing.ples we need some assistance

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