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One in 22 Blacks Will Get HIV, CDC Report Says

October 18, 2010

A new CDC report estimating the lifetime risk of HIV diagnosis for several populations found great disparities by racial/ethnic groups. Based on HIV surveillance, vital statistics, and census data from 37 states and Puerto Rico for 2007, an estimated 4.65 percent of blacks/African Americans would receive an HIV diagnosis during their lifetime, or 1 in 22, according to the new report.

The 1 in 22 risk was more than twice the estimated lifetime risk of HIV diagnosis for Hispanics/Latinos (1.92 percent, or 1 in 52) and eight times that of whites (0.59 percent, or 1 in 170), the report found.

The estimates of lifetime risk of HIV diagnosis are not representative of all HIV diagnoses in the United States. However, the data also were not considered unusual. A report published in 2008 found a similar high estimated lifetime risk of HIV diagnosis for blacks.

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See Also'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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Comment by: Rochelle (San Diego) Tue., Oct. 19, 2010 at 2:59 pm EDT
These statistics are quite frightening. We, as a people, need to get out there and educate those who just don't know. If we could get that "high risk behavior" out of the way then, maybe, more people would understand that they too can catch this disease. But, thankfully, it is not the death sentence it was 15-20 years ago. It is manageable. GET TESTED MY BLACK PEOPLE!!! Even if you don't practice "high risk behavior"
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