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!
She dumped him on the spot.
Good, now that's settled.
I thought that was because of "honey, not tonight, I need an aspirin..." LOL
It's all right, have a good time...
Aids goes hand in hand with poverty. Poverty goes hand in hand with welfare. Welfare was the liberal establishment's way of controlling the black vote and holding on to power. Ergo, it is the liberals who are to blame for the high rate of AIDS among blacks. Back at ya, Dems.
Welcome to FR, Boom-Boom. I wish you were a returning FReeper so I could say "welcome back."
BTW, if Clemenza teases you a lot, it's 'cause he's got you on the spot.
ROFLOL. Still waiting for the first two seasons (with Barbarino, not the blonde guy who looked like Ted McGinley) to come out on DVD.
Blacks are being picked on again.
No way could they be a part of the problem.
What percentage of HIV-positive black males in the U.S. are African or Carribean immigrants?
What is a non hispanic black?
LOL, this is actually Bush's fault dontcha know!
The point being the black family IS destroyed.. Generally and massivily.. Federal dollars destroy in a hundred places.. The black family is merely one vector.. And what federal dollars is not doing RAP is.. The RAP culture is a diseased culture.. The black american culture is infectious..
Not to mention the percentage of murders, robberies, rapes etc. that are attributed to such a small percentage of the overall population.
Also what is the percentage of families with fathers in this group?
AIDS is racist.
I know that Haitian immigrants are not allowed to give blood. Don't know about other Carribbean immigrants.
That fact is disgraceful to the black race.
Or, Professor Irwin Corey's miracle drug for STDs and birth control: "Sulfa-Denial"
Although sharing needles is mentioned as a cause of AIDS, the article does not specify what the main cause of this new stat is. As a recovered junkie, I can say that my first hand knowledge leads me to believe that IV drug use in the inner cities may be a large cause. I saw many black junkies (female and male) in Atlanta's drug zone, ironically named 'The Bluff', share needles with each other, many fully knowing the possible consequences. This was the late 80's - early 90's, but I doubt things have changed much. I could be wrong, but that's my guess.
A contributing factor to the higher number of new infections being among "non-traditional" groups is that the traditional demographic of promiscuous white homosexuals is already almost completely infected. Can't catch it twice you know.
No, Reuters misses the point. The point is AIDS has seen declines in all populations except those where men are having sex with men. But that point doesn't fit the Reuters agenda.
... instead of years arose. (Thought I might need to make that a cogent sentence, lol)
Indeed, the drop in promiscuity amongt whites coupled with a sharp increase in the use of condoms led to a big drop in the number of new AIDS cases in the U.S. Can't remember when this started now it was so long ago.
In the last few years, there has been a rise in promiscuity in a new generation of young white homosexual men who never experienced the ravages of the AIDS epidemic. This has led to increases in AIDS among this group. Not sure how significant the increase has been, but it has shown up in San Francisco and New York.
What the story suggests, if you read between the lines, is infection rates are declining everywhere, so there are fewer new cases, but the decline of black non-Hispanic homosexual men is tiny. Therefore, they constitute a growing share of the new cases. At this rate, the disease will soon be just a disease among black homosexual and bisexual men.
I work in a dialisys clinic and nurses have told me that about 90% of all patients with AIDS are blacks, hepatitis and all. Some of these patients are also on drugs. You should see the bulging veins on these patients from the dialisys needles.