For Your Information: Today is World AIDS Day

- By Bossip Staff

Although we frequently have jokes and kid here on, we take some matters very seriously. Today, we want all of our readers to be informed that it is World AIDS Day. There are a few facts under the hood that everyone in our community should be aware of…

1.Today, women account for one out of every four new HIV cases in the U.S. Of these newly infected women, about two out of three are African-American. Most of these women got HIV from having sex with a man. AIDS is now the leading cause of death for African-American women ages 25-34. African-American women are over 21 times as likely to die from HIV/AIDS as non-Hispanic white women.

2. There are a myriad of social and economic factors that result in higher levels of sexual HIV transmission among black Americans. However, higher levels of STDs among African-Americans, also shaped by social and economic factors, in turn facilitate sexual transmission of HIV. Black Americans have 8 times the level of Chlamydia, and 18 times the level of gonorrhea compared to white Americans.

3. A significant proportion of African-Americans do not blame the spread of HIV on risky sexual behavior, but instead hold the government responsible. 48% of African-Americans surveyed by Oregon State University researchers between 2002 and 2003 believed that HIV was a man-made virus. Over half (53%) believed that there was a cure for AIDS that was being withheld from the poor, and 27% thought AIDS was produced in a government laboratory. 12% thought that HIV was created and spread by the CIA and 15% thought it was a form of genocide against blacks

4. A 2009 survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation discovered over a fifth of African-Americans cite HIV/AIDS as the most urgent health problem facing the US, significantly higher than the 6% average. (It should be noted that both figures have declined dramatically since as recently as 2004.) In another survey, four-fifths of African-Americans believed that government spending on the disease domestically was insufficient. They also reported experiencing the highest levels of HIV-related stigma, were the most aware about transmission routes, were the most likely to have been tested, and were the ethnic group that was the most likely to say that they knew someone who was living with HIV or had died of AIDS

Please get tested, be aware, and remember to practice safe sex. Ladies, make those dudes STRAP UP!!!


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  • http://. Dwight(aroundYOlips)

    Sounds like I need to date an Alaskan Native. lol
    Seriously though, you gotta be careful! 🙂

  • The Bear...YES I'm BACK

    I find it interestingly coincidental that even though Black people make up just 12 percent of the overall population they make up 45 percent of those infected with HIV and 45 percent of the prison population.

    Couple that with the current trends of “professional” Blacks not having children/families and increasing homosexuality and its easy to see that our population (and influence) is in serious danger of slipping into decline. Its like we’re getting hit by the perfect storm.

  • The Bear...YES I'm BACK

    Also that first bullet point is VERY misleading. Why would you want to make it sound like a woman can only get AIDS from a bisexual or IV drug using male???????? Doesn’t that appear to be part of a conspiracy?

  • Re

    Funny, I was just reading an article on Shanghai reporting the number of HIV/AIDS cases to be stabilizing worldwide…

    EXCEPT: Africa. And medical experts argue more money should be spent on Malaria and diarrhea medicine than dealing with HIV/AIDS in Africa…

    While I agree to some degree…400,000 babies are being born with AIDS already. What’s that going to say for the future generation? I’m sure if you look at a population cartogram, the number of elders are increasingly smaller and smaller every decade (in the countries where AIDS is prominent).

    Sad state of affairs.


    This is serious. The HIV rate here in DC is ridiculous. It is worst in DC then South Africa. When did it get that bad in the US. This makes me want to abstain and sew my coochie up.

  • BubbaGoosie


  • Re


    LOL, these are not MY experts…I stated this is what I read in an article this morning. The last paragraph is my opinion. But fyi, Africa is indeed lagging even if it’s numbers are decreasing. This is coming from a Sub-saharan African who knows way too many people with HIV.

  • Saytoodles

    I too am a sub-Saharan African and you are still wrong. Somalia Has only about 24 000 people living with AIDS compared to what it used to be. Guinea dropped to 11 000, so again…it was wrong to generalize Africa as some countries are doing better than others.

  • drenk

    So is this like the ginger thing where we gotta kick someone with aids? Cuz i’ve done my duty for the day then

  • Nique


    And thats exactly why I try and stay away from men from DC.LOL. How did it become that bad??

    I went last month to get tested for EVERYTHING…

    Ol boy is still alive so you already know the results! 🙂

  • Re


    Why do you keep telling me I’m generalizing? In my first post I wrote everything that came from AN ARTICLE.

    Second: The facts are all over the internet. The people living with HIV/AIDS in high numbers happen to be all over the world, AND I’VE MENTIONED SHANGHAI AS ONE OF THE MAJORS happen to be concentrated in Africa as well. Check the world AIDS websites.

    That of course doesn’t mean Russia, Belgium, or the Domenican Republic doesn’t account for any of these large numbers.

    I’ll make a general statement so that you can stop accusing me of generalizing because I still don’t see where you could have derived that from anything I said: THERE IS A HIGHER CONCENTRATION OF DEATHS FROM HIV/AIDS FROM AFRICA THEN OF ANY OTHER CONTINENT IN THE WORLD.

    Note that I have not said number of people LIVING with the syndrome. I particularly avoided that phrase because there are countries with a large population of people living with it that are able to afford medicine in larger numbers.

    And that is a fact.

  • Undacuvabrutha (Into the Swing of Things)

    Protect yourselves people, its serious business out there.

  • Miss B

    Practice safe sex. It’s all we can do! And sometimes you have to with the one’s you are with, especially if you catch them up.

  • Saytoodles

    I hate going in circles so I will say it one more time, When you mention other places like Shanghai, you don’t refer to it as part of a continent but as an area. So in the case of Africa, some countries have gotten it right because they focussed on that specific area. So because South Africa has the most trouble with HIV than call it South Africa and not Africa. Note how you mentioned a city in China instead of saying Asia. Why not do the same when it comes to Africa vs individual countries?

    But you and I going back and forth with the details isn’t helping the issue at hand, I have 2 employees with HIV and it is a situation that needs to be dealt with area for area, generalizing it will only lead us to speaking about it instead on acting on it.

  • drenk

    @ Re

    saytoodles is just an african that gets mad at anyone who says ANYTHING about africa and starts accusing you of being brain washed by news media. ignore him like a muttering homeless person and he’ll go away,

  • nywoman23


  • Saytoodles

    It’s a her, and she’ll go away in a couple of minutes…end of business day.

  • http://perryone779@yahoo,com rose by any other name #9304026339482056536 ™

    Dont believe the stats.. just dont AIDS dont discriminate.. it doesnt say .. ok im going over here and infect more black men , if it is true then white women are the next carriers!!

  • Re


    So because South Africa has the most trouble with HIV than call it South Africa and not Africa. Note how you mentioned a city in China instead of saying Asia.

    Lord have mercy, I have NOT ONCE MENTIONED SOUTH AFRICA. Please…just stop.

    I can at least agree with you: talking about it isn’t going to solve the problem. But getting people to talk about it is always a good start to raising awareness.

    Oh yeah, I went to Brazil and we focused on that topic a bit. Brazil is definitely worse off than a lot of countries in Africa.

  • Re


    I have no gripes with “saytoodles…” Nothing wrong with a healthy debate. Although I don’t like when people put words in my mouth.

  • http://perryone779@yahoo,com rose by any other name #9304026339482056536 ™

    They had 3 white women over 40 on Oprah who had slept with this one man who knowingly infected them with AIDS and didnt tell them he had it~~ They were all middle aged ladies and they all were postitive, but you see we dont hear about these kinds of people ,only black and hispanic folks.. statistics .. i dont believe for a minute you can make crap up , they dont know all black folks so how the heck can they say 85% this and that and whatever.. bullcrap!!

  • http://perryone779@yahoo,com rose by any other name #9304026339482056536 ™

    Yep i heard Brazil is bad too with all the prostitution and what not!!

  • Saytoodles


    I didn’t say you said South Africa I was making an example of how you mentioned Shanghais as an isolated area but will not acknowledge Africa as isolated areas as well. But never mind…we found a common ground…that’s all that matters. I just wish we could have an HIV free generation in the future.

  • Re


    I can say amen to that…

  • The Bear...YES I'm BACK

    @ RE

    You are blessed with great patience my dear.

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