The Current State of HIV Amongst African Americans

We sat down with Dr. Patrice Marshall and Dr. Eugene Paul Sr. to talk about HIV and it’s current state. While finding the epidemic is continuing to grow within the African American community, we were also able to get insight on how the HIV treatments have evolved. Watch the video above and get a deeper look at HIV today. 

 Dr. Patrice Marshall, MD

Anyone who is sexually active is at risk for HIV. If you are having unprotected sex you are at risk. Now there are certain forms of sexual practices that put you at greater risk, but anyone who is sexually active can be infected if they are having unprotected sex.

In last 20 years, unfortunately, the epidemic of HIV has actually grown I would say. In the South, in particular, a lot of the perception particularly early on was that HIV was primarily a white male gay disease and so there was never a lot of prevention or education in the black community.