African Americans Account for More Than Half of New U.S. HIV Cases Reported Annually, Report Says
February 2, 2005
African Americans make up more than half of new HIV cases reported in the United States annually but represent only 13% of the general U.S. population, according to a report released on Tuesday by the Black AIDS Institute, the AP/Monterey County Herald reports. The report -- titled "The Time is Now!" -- was released to coincide with the beginning of Black History Month and is based on statistics from the Kaiser Family Foundation, CDC, Congress and other sources (AP/Monterey County Herald, 2/2).
The report calls on Congress to increase funding for HIV/AIDS treatment programs and Medicaid, provide more comprehensive sex education in schools, adopt a "sensible" HIV/AIDS prevention policy for prisons and curb the cost of HIV/AIDS-related medications. The report also urges states to adopt needle-exchange programs (Wright, "The Time is Now!" February 2005).
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This article was provided by Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. It is a part of the publication Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report. Visit the Kaiser Family Foundation's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.