Black People : HIV/AIDS and BLACK WOMEN

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  1. Blackbird

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    The attack of HIV and AIDS among the Black nation is one that cannot be ignored. The HIV/AIDS epidemic poses a growing and persistent health threat to minority women, especially African American women. In 2001, HIV infection was the leading cause of death for African American women aged 25–34 years and was among the four leading causes of death for African American women aged 20-24 and 35–44 years, as well as Hispanic women aged 35–44 years. Communities of color have been disproportionately affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Of the estimated 40,000 new HIV infections each year, nearly 70% occur among minorities. In 2002, minorities represented over 63% of persons living with AIDS. In 2002, African Americans accounted for 54% of all new diagnoses of HIV/AIDS.

    1) What do you think is the cause for such a high rate of HIV/AIDS infection among Black people, in particularly women?

    2) What implications does HIV pandemic pose for the Black community?

    3) What are some possible resolutions we can take in ensuring our community is more properly prepared?

    US Census Bureau 2000
    CDC. HIV/AIDS Surveillance Report 2003; (Vol. 15). Atlanta: US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC. In press.
    Center for Disease Control and Prevention