Black People Are More Likely To Get HIV But Not Treat It
Black men and women accounted for most of new HIV cases in 2013. Yet they received the least amount of medical care, according to a new report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The study looked at 9,824 adults who were diagnosed with HIV in 2010 and were alive three years later. Out of that population, 54 percent were black, 24 percent white and 17 percent Hispanic.
The medical care received by each group was similarly imbalanced. Consistent treatment over the three-year period was provided to 38 percent of black people compared to 50 percent of Hispanic people and 49 percent of white people.
In Louisiana, 1,027 people were included in the study. Of these, 73.5 percent were black, 20.4 white and 3 percent Hispanic.
In total, 37 percent of that population received consistent medical care over a three-year period. Broken down by race, 34.7 percent of black people received treatment for their HIV diagnosis compared to 51 percent of white people and 27.8 percent of Hispanic people.