For Your Information: Black People Account For Over 50% Of All Diagnosed Cases Of HIV

- By Bossip Staff

Please practice safe sex and please read this from beginning to end:

Although blacks make up only 13.6% of the U.S. population, they account for 50.3% of all diagnosed cases of HIV, federal health officials reported. The rate of HIV diagnosis among black men is eight times that of whites, and the rate for black women is 19 times that of whites, finds a new analysis of data from 37 states by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“What this study confirms is the severe and disproportionate burden of disease borne by African Americans when it comes to HIV,” said Dr. Kevin Fenton, director of CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention. Compared to Hispanic men, black men have twice the rate of HIV infection, and black women are four times as likely as Hispanic women to have an HIV diagnosis, according to the Feb. 4 edition of the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

The reasons for these disparities are complex, Fenton said. “We are not looking at one core issue. There are many factors interacting with each other at different levels within the society,” he said. For one thing, the background prevalence of the AIDS-causing virus is higher in the black community, he said.
“This higher background prevalence really continues to drive transmission within the community, because it increases the probability of someone coming into contact with HIV, even with low-risk behaviors,” Fenton said.

Sharing drug materials and having unprotected sex are key ways to spread HIV. Fenton said there is also a higher rate of sexually transmitted diseases in the black community, noting other STDs facilitate the transmission of HIV. Disparities in access to health care and poverty also contribute to the increased risk of HIV among blacks, Fenton explained. High rates of male imprisonment are another factor, he added. “This leads to imbalances in male-to-female ratios in the community, which in turn result in sexual networks which facilitate transmission of HIV,” he said.

In a related report in the same edition, researchers said HIV diagnoses have skyrocketed among young men in Milwaukee, Wis. Among 15- to 29-year-old gay men in that city, HIV increased 144% from 2000 to 2008. William Jeffries IV, a CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer and co-author of the report, said this spike is not just the result of increased HIV screening, which would by itself uncover many new cases of HIV. The number of syphilis cases also increased, which suggests a rise in HIV infection, Jeffries said.

The Milwaukee findings probably mirror similar HIV increases in some areas across the country, said the researchers, calling for new or better efforts to educate this group of males. The CDC already is testing ways to expand HIV testing and referral services within the black community, Jeffries said.
These “intensive behavioral interventions,” he said, combine education, counseling, skills development and esteem building, as well as safer sex promotion.

Apathy about HIV is a problem, Fenton said. “We are really grappling with increased complacency as we enter the fourth decade of this epidemic,” he said. This is particularly true in the black community, where there are so many health and economic concerns that HIV becomes a back-burner issue, Fenton said.
Commenting on the report, Dr. Michael Kolber, professor and director of the Comprehensive AIDS Program at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, said that programs to reduce the spread of HIV need to target those communities where transmission rates are highest and take into account various cultural differences.

“In the African American community, we are working with faith-based organizations,” he said. “They really play a major role in daily living.” The programs Kolber runs go into churches and provide HIV/AIDS education in the context of overall health issues. “When you discuss these things, you need to do it in a manner which is sensitive to what they are willing to listen to,” Kolber said.

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  • Ellie

    This is incredibly sad. People need to start being responsible if they’re going to have sex. That stands for both men and women. Also doing drugs is just a no-no. Stay healthy people!

    • Motivated

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  • sweetheart

    What’s up with that pic @ the top Im a clinician and we do not collect blood specimens like that!!! Oh well maybe its different in different hospitals….different protocols. That just doesn’t look right…

  • sweetheart

    No seriously! Especially not for HIV testing!

  • Joyce

    Yep, Down-Low (Low-Down) and ex-cons are the main culprits in this dead scenario.

    • kreole king

      yep, and you silly black women who love to run after thugs go for those DL men and EX cons and thats the real reson we have so many HIV cases

  • Damn*Homie

    @D.C is right. These brothers are going to jail and coming home with their butt holes saying WHOOOoOooooooOOoOo, rather then actually farting!

  • Boomboomroom

    More whack A.I.D.S stats on Black people. WE KNOW BLACK PEOPLE ACCOUNT FOR A LARGE A.I.D.S. Stop with the H.I.V stats. Now lets try to fix it. Every negative stat dealing with black people the media “puts on blast.” I AM SICK OF IT!!

  • sweetheart

    I agree with the majority of the comments on here. We really need to reach out to our children because this day and age many people have what I like to call the SUPERMAN SYNDROME….they don’t think that anything such as this can happen to them. They think that they are indestructible…and once they are infected with the disease…they’re in DENIAL…and continue to spread the disease…we must talk to our children.

  • The Cynic

    According to the CDC approx. 500,000 black Americans are living with HIV/AIDS in the United States. Thats out of a population of about 40million which means less than 1%(0.0125) you moron. An epidemic is defined as 1% or higher by the CDC you moron. Yes, blk Americans have higher rates than whites, but neither groups are at epidemic status

    • hodan

      well apparently YOU are the moron because 500,000/40 mill=0.0125
      to make that a percentage you multiply it by 100 making it 1.25% which based on what YOU say is EPIDEMIC STATUS
      basic math…

    • Peter Parker

      First of all that is still too much. Second of all if that is the case then shouldn’t we stop it before it reaches epidemic status.

    • Gr8r

      Either way Hodan when the f*ck did 1% define the 99% of the rest? Black people do not only sleep with and marry Black ppl, so why would they even bother isolating our statistics?

  • http://bossip j.b.

    I find these stats hard to believe. We account for 13 percent, but we are responsible for over half the cases ? I doubt it ! I know we a.s.s.ume all blacks sleep around with prison brothers, down low brothers, girls leave the club and sleep around but be for real is this only the black race. I smell fishy as usual !

  • The Cynic

    Why don’t these “experts” ever mention the fact that less than ONE PERCENT of African Americans are living with this disease? Yes, I know it’s serious in cities like D.C., but ppl have to be skeptical about these “statistics” this is just another way these DEVILS try to make Black people look bad.

    • Willis

      Contact the CDC tomorrow to see who is distributing this information. Contact your Congressmen and Senators to get the true facts about this epidemic if in fact, it is an epidemic. A few months ago I read an article that said GAY men accounted for over half of A.I.D.S victims. Something is going on, is it or isn’t it.

    • http://bossip j.b.

      3 years ago we all were reading articles saying gay white men accounted for the majority of cases. But noooooo, we can’t have people thinking gay WHITE men out carry, black men….can we ?

    • Peter Parker

      Even if those numbers are exaggerated, unfortunately this is still going to be a lack of urgency in the black community.

      If inflating numbers is necessary to get us to be more proactive than reactive then I say inflate and don’t stop.

  • ocapkid aka zoe boi

    where’s Obama?

  • if anything be noble

    The CDC also said nearly half of American Black women have herpes and later recanted that as the study was “flawed.” (Google: half Black women herpes) Chileplease with these “numbers” and their medical and social agendas and statistics. Agree with everything on here. And @ sweetheart, cosign on that picture. Smh

    • afrodite

      @Cynic and @noble: Good comments. It’s a shame when a site’s commenters have the best interest of the audience more at heart than the site’s proprietors.

  • Panther

    Let’s educate our children, better yet nephews, nieces cousins, sisters and brothers every family should have these talks with their kids,teach them about self esteem,respecting their bodies and making other people respect them,diseases and what they do your body ect….I believe in if you dont know something buy a book about the subject.My kids hate “THE TALK” and I did too at first, but I didnt want them to get the wrong information.

    • Panther

      And blaming each other is not helping to get these numbers down……..

    • Curious1 aka Flawless Beauty

      Agree

  • Mrs. Rance

    Interesting that the study mentions low self esteem as a factor. I thought I was the only who noticed that about black folks. Particulary black men who seek validation by proving they can conquer women sexually. It shows they don’t value their own bodies and would risk life, limb and child support to feel like a man instead of standing tall and just being a man on their own merits. The low self esteem of black women goes without saying. We are the ones popping out babies with men we scarcely know and don’t hold to any standards. We have the power to stop the cycle, but we want love at all costs and don’t concern ourselves with children having fathers.

  • Robert

    Fake stats.Does somebody actually go to every household in the world and give a headcount?White boys made this up cause we take all they women.

  • Really

    Black people have been misled and have become the only medium to keep the hiv scare alive. Its not the virus that kills people its the antiretroviral drugs. Our bodies werent ment to take such things. How else would people be able to live with the ‘virus’ for 15-20 years and be fine.Then once someone starts taking the meds then they ‘look like they have aids’ sick and begin to deteriorate just like with chemo-therapy. The Flu is a virus. Hiv is a combination of bad lifestyle choices that produces symptoms of such.

  • Getem

    This is one of the reasons why I practice abstinence. I have other ways to pleasure myself. If a man isn’t putting a ring on it then he’s not getting anything from me sexually. If that causes me to be single for the rest of my life, then so be it. I’m soooo over the love thing. It’s a bit overrated if you ask me, but that’s just my opinion.

    • Getem

      I enjoy living life without the extra drama. I thank God my mother educated me soon in life about such things.

    • derek.d

      Lonely. Abstinent. Full of fear. Believes that love is overrated.

      Yeah, sounds like a good way to live your life and you have a lot to thank your mother for. Let me guess… she’s lonely, abstinent and full of fear too?

      Billions of people have sex, fall in love, date, marry every day without some calamity befalling them. How about just practicing safer sex, paying attention to your social circle and living. But that would involve stepping outside of your bubble.

    • Allie

      @ Getem: I’m so with you on that, more women obviously need to practice abstinence

    • white girls have STD's

      Hoe you single by default. You practice abstinance by force cause no man giving it to you.

    • Curious1 aka Flawless Beauty

      Woe..somebody called you a hoe..I guess simply due to the color of your skin..You’re not a hoe…nor do you ever post “hoe-ishly”…Keep your head up…and practice whatever you want..It’s your body..and life is deeper than the boundng of a Man’s D**K in ya…contrary to some of the posters responses here…

  • http://bossip j.b.

    The ignorance come in at you thinking it’s only black people who do these things ! Once you get past that you will be alright !

  • I LOVE WHITE MEN

    and yet another lie comes out about black folks….wrap it up, black people and make better choices in who you fuqqn

  • BLAKGOD

    *smh* At Sista’s who try to blame downlow men for the spread of AIDS when our women have AIDS in much higher numbers than black men which means our women are getting it from having more sex. Apropo.. ya’ll sum HO’s.

    • Coons Exit Ahead On Left

      NO, NO, NO black men STILL out number black women with HIV 2 to 1. Can any of you read? The article says that bw outnumber other WOMEN in HIV cases not men so what that stat tells you is that MEN outnumber WOMEN in HIV infection period but ALL men are a tad closer in rate of infection then women. Black women sorely outnumber other women in the female category. Having said that, black men STILL outnumber black women in the general category 2 to 1 in HIV infection.

  • white girls have STD's

    White girls have the most std’s. My bf got genital herpes from a white girl. Now he sworn off white hoes for good.

    • white girls have STD's

      That’s my bf in my avatar.

    • BLAKGOD

      Caucasians have more diseases period.. not just AIDS.. they are trying to use this stats to make us the inferior race. It won’t work. We have the SUN on our side.

  • BLAKGOD

    These stats are twisted anyway.. cause they probably included HISPANICS who also quality as WHITE in other stats that favor their race.

    Don’t fall for the White superiority Tricknowledge.

  • Avon Barksdale

    Even the most uneducated person can see that these numbers are flawed. Regardless, blaming men in prison and down low brothus is played out like them polka dot shirts. BLACK WOMEN are just as responsible as the black men. THIS IS NOT THE 80’s! And this disease is not new. Ya’ll wanna know the statistic we need to worry about the most? DENIAL. 100 % of us are in denial about this disease. And that includes WHITE PEOPLE who continue to throw unproven, statistics at our community while denying the effects that this disease has had on their own community.

  • ReALiSt!! ... I'm NAT TURNER ToDaY WiTh A UZI!!

    ****** black women is 19 times that of whites******

    That solves the equation!!!

    Black women are 19times more likely to sleep with a random man than white women….

    Black women are 19times more promiscuous than white women…

    Black DESTROYED the black race!!!

    • Coons Exit Ahead On Left

      After all of that black men are STILL 2X’s likely to have HIV than black women! Wrap it up, wrap it up, wrap it up is what I’ve been saying all along. A CONDOM is the ONLY thing that can prevent both AIDS & Pregnancy! Get that through your thick skulls!

  • katie

    I dont think black women have a low self image. Like one poster said…but damn, most of them are angry as hell. I can understand why though. They are second only to muslim women in having a hard life. So i do feel sorry for them but they always pull through. What do i know anyway? Im just a white crack ho. But people need to realise, that thats only on sundays

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