African American AIDS History Project

Racial Disparity and the HIV/AIDS Crisis Among African Americans 

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Title

Racial Disparity and the HIV/AIDS Crisis Among African Americans 

Subject

Percentage of African Americans affected by Aids in the state of Florida

Description

African Americans are more likely to contract HIV/AIDS than any other group of people living in the United States. “In 1986, 25% of HIV/AIDS cases were among African Americans. By 2001–2004, African Americans represented 51% of newly diagnosed infections. The wide-spread impact of this disturbing epidemic is intensifying”. Many reasons are cited for the disproportionate increase if AIDS among Blacks, but, the closest correlation we have is the alarming incarceration of African Americans since the 1980’s. According the NAACP Organization (naacp.org) between 1980 and 2015, the number of Blacks incarcerated in America increased from roughly 500,000 to over 2.2 million. At the same time HRSA (hrswa.org) reports in 2011, that of the 2.2 million people affected with the HIV/AIDS virus over 500,000 were African Americans.

Creator

Cato T. Laurencin MD, Donna Christensen MD, and Erica D. Taylor MD

Source

Laurencin, MD, Cato T. & Christensen, MD, Donna & Taylor, MD, Erica D. 2008. "HIV/AIDS and the African-American Community: A State of Emergency." JOURNAL OF THE NATIONAL MEDICAL ASSOCIATION 35-43.

Date

2008

Files

HIV AIDS_National Medical Association Journal.pdf

Citation

Cato T. Laurencin MD, Donna Christensen MD, and Erica D. Taylor MD, “Racial Disparity and the HIV/AIDS Crisis Among African Americans,” African American AIDS History Project, accessed December 13, 2017, http://afamaidshist.org/items/show/217.

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