Skip to comments.Half of new U.S. AIDS Cases are in Blacks
Posted on 02/06/2006 2:49:39 PM PST by Clemenza
Just over half of new infections with the AIDS virus in the United States are in blacks, U.S. researchers reported on Monday.
A study of detailed data from 33 states shows that of 156,000 new cases of HIV infection between 2001 and 2004, 51 percent were in non-Hispanic blacks -- although blacks made up just 13 percent of the population in those states.
The good news is that the rate of new infections declined in black women and in many black men -- with the exception of men having sex with other men, the team at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.
"Despite reductions in diagnoses among African American men and women, HIV continues to pose a major health threat," the CDC said in a statement.
"Despite possible signs of success, HIV continues to exact a disproportionate and devastating toll on African Americans."
The CDC's Tonji Durant and colleagues found that the rate of HIV diagnosis fell by 6.8 percent annually among black women and 4.4 percent annually among black men between 2001 and 2004.
But blacks still had a substantially higher infection rate than other ethnic groups, the CDC team told the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections being held in Denver.
The HIV diagnosis rate even fell by 9.7 percent every year on average among black male users of injected drugs, the CDC study found.
The human immunodeficiency virus that causes AIDS is spread by sex -- homosexual and heterosexual -- by sharing needles with someone who is infected, or via blood transfusions. Infected mothers can pass the virus to their babies.
The virus infects close to 40 million people worldwide and more than a million people in the United States.
The CDC estimates that 40,000 Americans become infected with HIV each year.
A second study presented at the same conference found that 32 percent of black men in Baltimore who had sex with other men, which includes homosexual and bisexual activity, were infected with HIV.
Some how this is going to be "whitey's" fault...
there is a cure for AIDS....if they will just sit down and keep thier mouth closed no new cases amoung gays will appear.
Well we know how overrepresented in prison populations certain groups are too.
So half the aids cases are black and, the other half is?
It isn't their mouths which need to be kept closed.
Isn't this profiling?
The point is that blacks are 12% of the population as a whole, yet represent 50% of all AIDS cases.
Specifically, Bush's fault
"there is a cure for AIDS....if they will just sit down and keep thier mouth closed no new cases amoung gays will appear."
That's like our most effective birth contol pill, aspirin (put between knees, and hold).
Yep Im prepared for the its your fault "Cracker" screams as I drive through Memphis. LOL!
Some people won't learn no matter how much evidence is presented.
How come they never say: "Automobiles continue to exact a disproportionate toll on teenage drivers." It's as if HIV has a mind of its own and it wants to attack one race or sexual persuasion.
Those "on the down low" guys are the sickest ones of all, engaging in gay sex behind their wives' backs and thereby putting them and at risk of contracting AIDS.
If you watch Murray Povitch "who's your daddy" shows, you'll know why.
The collapse of moral standards seems to have gotten much worse among blacks than whites, I atribute it to this gangsta rap craze.
I worked with a black girl once years ago who caught her boyfriend giving a Lewinski to his friend. He vehemently denied that he was gay, despite evidence to the contrary.
It goes back further than that. It was the Great Society that destroyed the black family in this country.
Ewww! Did she dump him at least? That's good leverage to make sure he paid child support!
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