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New HIV Infections Among African-American Women Decrease, Increase Among Gay Men

Over the past decade, there has been a lot of disturbing news about the number of HIV infections in African American women. Now, hiv-aids-630however, there may be a bit of good news on the horizon.

Chicago Sun Times reports: 

For the first time, the number of new HIV infections among African-American women has declined, but young gay men saw an increase, a report Wednesday released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows.

The 2010 data was published online in the CDC’s HIV Supplemental Surveillance Report, which provides the most up-to-date picture of HIV rates in the United States.

You will recall that in July of this year, NPR reported that nearly half of all African Americans are infected with HIV:

Of the more than 1 million people in the U.S. infected with HIV, nearly half are black men, women and children — even though blacks make up about 13 percent of the population. AIDS is the primary killer of African-Americans ages 19 to 44, and the mortality rate is 10 times higher for black Americans than for whites.

So any good news as it relates to the rate of infection of African-America women is good news, and a move in the right direction. As of late, there has also been a push in the black church to encourage black men and women to get tested and take control of their health, and it is possible that this latest downtick in the rate of infection among African American women is a  result of that effort as well. There is, obviously,  still work to be done to stem the rate of infection among gay men.

 

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13 comments

  1. Women are the last ones on The powers that Be mind as it pertain to This Pandemic.They aren’t included in Clinical trials. CDC HHS been lying about women status. I was a Commisioner In The Phila. EMA 1998- 2006.Positive female had to fight for thier voice to be heard. Gay men didnt want them @ the table. The same bug bit them.Women to Women is lowest population. Thats not talked about because the majority off the money is spent on MSM.Thats a sin an a crying shame. I remember when Phil Wilson organization was an Idea.

  2. what do a t-cell do….or stop talk your B.S.

  3. what do a t-cell do….or stop talk your B.S.

  4. what is AIDS…no one can tell you….they can say the t-cell…no! it's melanoma cancer and it comes from white Europeans that have been expose to the sun for to long…it start out as sun burns, skin cancer……the black women was hiding in these businesses…..but the recession all through the 80's and 90's for black people help create a lot of it….the drug epidemic create a lot of it…..chemo…will clean up AIDS but it will do a lot of other things…like destroy your liver may-be…or your….so many things….this is where negro are understanding after 1960…."AIDS and drugs"…

  5. what is AIDS…no one can tell you….they can say the t-cell…no! it's melanoma cancer and it comes from white Europeans that have been expose to the sun for to long…it start out as sun burns, skin cancer……the black women was hiding in these businesses…..but the recession all through the 80's and 90's for black people help create a lot of it….the drug epidemic create a lot of it…..chemo…will clean up AIDS but it will do a lot of other things…like destroy your liver may-be…or your….so many things….this is where negro are understanding after 1960…."AIDS and drugs"…

  6. African-Americans are only 12% of the population per the 2000 census, it may be higher now. More than 12% of the population have an STD, AIDS or HIV. It is so wrong for people to give out incorrect facts about women of color. I have never believed that so many women of color were infected, we are always the ugliest, most infected of any group…sounds a lot like racism to me. Because of all of these negatives the African-American race is divided and looked down upon by all. This has to stop now!

  7. YourBlackWorld is publishing a story on FB saying the HIV rate for African American females has decreased! How irresponsible! I suggest anyone being sexually active and not tested be tested and use condoms or abstain. In some age categories it has increased and for African Americans and Caucasians it has increased. Be warned. Read the report yourself and do your own research. If you review the report you will see there has been an increasebased on age category and race. Do not put yourself at risk and beleive this trash being told to you.~ DO YOUR OWN RESEACH.
    http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fhiv%2Fsurveillance%2Fresources%2Freports%2F2010report%2Fpdf%2F2010_HIV_Surveillance_Report_vol_22.pdf%23Page%3D17&h=WAQEIMHLJ

  8. So now black women will go back to pretending HIV/AIDS is not their problem, like they did in the 1980's and 1990's….at least maybe now sistahs will stop demonizing black same-gender loving men with this "DL men are infecting us, that's why we have HIV" falsehood. It appears, however, that once again, Dr. Watkins is playing to the anti-gay bigot section of his readership with the title of this article. " Black women HIV infections down, but gays increase", almost sounds like he wants to dog-whistle to them and say, "the fags are dying more sistahs! YAY!" I have always suspected Watkins of being an anti-gay bigot with his sycophantic fawning over Farrakhan's bashing of gays and how he rails against anything gays get in terms of legal victories.

    • bullshit, the number one way this virus is transmitted is through heterosexual sex and since more and more black women are NOT DATING SLEEPING OR DOING ANYTHING ELSE WITH BLACK MEN this may account for the decrease, since it was black men giving it to black women anyway…with most black women sleeping with black men and with them contracted it through heterosexual sex, that narrows it down…the numbers are on the decline as more black women are waking up and realizing that black men are not worth the risk anymore and are moving on and not looking back.

  9. …nearly half of all African Americans are infected with HIV:…WTF?

  10. The sentence read the half o African Americans are infected with HIV. What it SHOULD have said that half of HIV infections are of African Americans. BIG difference!!

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