Why Blacks Are Getting HIV More

    A young man looking serious(BlackDoctor.org) — HIV/AIDS continues to be a national epidemic, with African Americans and poor communities disproportionately affected. Blacks make up roughly half of people living with HIV, half of new infections, and more than half of late testers.

    “The background prevalence of HIV in [African American] communities is so high that even when individuals engage in less risky behavior, they’re more likely to encounter an infected partner and they may be at risk,” said Dr. Donna McCree, associate director for health equity for the Center for Disease Control’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention. “HIV testing is a critical first step to preventing the AIDS epidemic in the United States, particularly when we talk about communities that are disproportionately impacted, and it’s critical because the sooner you know, the better.”

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