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Disparities in Diagnoses of HIV Infection Between Blacks/African Americans and Other Racial/Ethnic Populations -- 37 States, 2005-2008

February 4, 2011

Blacks/African Americans have been affected disproportionately by human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection since early in the epidemic.1 Despite representing a smaller proportion (13.6%) of the U.S. population, blacks/African Americans accounted for half of the HIV diagnoses in adolescents and adults in 37 states during 2005-2008.2 Data from the National HIV Surveillance System were used to estimate numbers, percentages, and rates of HIV diagnoses in blacks/African Americans during 2005-2008. Those data were reported to CDC through June 2009 from 37 states with mature (in operation since at least January 2005) HIV surveillance systems. This report describes the results of those analyses, which indicated that during 2005-2008, blacks/African Americans were diagnosed with HIV infection more frequently than any other racial/ethnic population. During 2008, black/African American males and females were diagnosed with HIV infection at eight and 19 times the rates for white males and females and two and four times the rates for Hispanic/Latino males and females, respectively. In addition, the number of HIV diagnoses made each year among black/African American males increased during 2005-2008. The reduction of HIV-related health disparities has been identified as one of the three goals in the National HIV/AIDS Strategy.

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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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Comment by: mikalMuhammad (Baltimore, Maryland) Mon., Mar. 14, 2011 at 1:18 pm EDT
The hiv/aids rate for Black people in the United States will continue to rise as long as the social economic and racial issues that plauge our community are not addresed. It is clear the the government will never do this, so it upon all segments of the Black community to do this. The religious community can play a key role in addressing the lack of self-esteem that exist among Black people of all income levels. The legacy of slavery has left our people with a dislike for ourselves. We strive to be like white people in thought, specch and behavior. As a consequence we pariticiapte in behavior that is self destructive. Having unprotective sex with someone who you don't know thier hiv status is a sign of self-hatred. When Black people learn to love ourselves you will see the rates of hiv infection decrease.
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