Blacks More Worried About HIV Than Whites
May 7, 2009
Among respondents to a recent Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) survey, blacks were six times more likely than whites to be very concerned about becoming infected with HIV.
Among black respondents, 38 percent said a close friend or family member had tested positive for HIV or died of AIDS, compared to 20 percent of Latinos and 19 percent of whites.
"African Americans and to a lesser extent Latinos express more interest in and urgency about the HIV epidemic than whites," said the report. "They are more likely to name it as an urgent problem for the nation and their local community, to express personal concern about becoming infected, and to say they have heard a lot about AIDS in the US in the past year. They are also more likely to say the US is losing ground on the problem of HIV/AIDS and to think that spending more money on HIV treatment will lead to meaningful progress in slowing the epidemic."
Last month, the Obama administration, CDC and KFF, acting in concert with 14 national black groups, launched "Act Against AIDS" -- a five-year initiative focusing on AIDS education, prevention, and treatment. NNPA is a partner in that effort.
St. Louis American
05.04.2009; George E. Curry, National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA)
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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