How AIDS has Affected Black Communities
There has been an alarming increase in HIV/AIDS among African Americans. Blacks constitute only 12% of the U.S. population, but they represent 41% of reported AIDS cases from 1996 to now. 55% of women with AIDS are African-American, and 58% of pediatric cases are among African-American children. Since 1991, AIDS has been the leading causes of death in African American men ages 25-44, and in 1994, the disease became the number one killer of African-American women of the same age group. Many blacks feel that AIDS is a form of government genocide aimed directly at them. Black church leaders have begun a vigorous campaign to fight the disease. Public health officials are now actively working with gospel stations to distribute information about HIV/AIDS. Experts predicted that by the turn of the millennium, more than 50% of AIDS cases will be amongst African Americans. Almost 50% of blacks are killed by HIV/AIDS. African-Americans women make up 13.1% of women in the U.S., but they are also most prone to get sick before the age fifty. They get cancer, diabetes, heart disease, HIV/AIDS, mental health, and sickle cell disease. Among women, 71% of the 4500 newly diagnosed cases of HIV African American. Four times as many black women as any other racial or ethnic group women die from HIV disease. HIV is not necessarily transmitted through sex every time you have sex. December 1 is National Awareness Day. If tested positive, medical assistance can help you stay well. When the HIV epidemic began more than 20 years ago, it was known as a gay, white’s man disease. Today, half of Americans living with HIV are black. The nation’s capital has the highest rate of HIV infection in the country. HIV is contracted primarily through heterosexual sex. Among those who are HIV positive, CDC data indicate that 40%of Blacks tested in their illness. Black women represented more than a third of AIDS cases diagnosed among Blacks in 2005,...
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