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National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day --- February 7, 2009

February 7 is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, which seeks to increase awareness of the disproportionate effects of human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) among blacks living in the United States. In 2006, blacks accounted for approximately 12% of the adolescent and adult U.S. population but 46.1% of the number estimated to be living with HIV (1). For 2006, estimates of HIV incidence show that blacks had the highest rates of new infections (115.7 per 100,000 population for males and 55.7 per 100,000 population for females) of any racial/ethnic population (2). Among black females, high-risk heterosexual contact accounted for 83% of the new infections. Among black males, male-to-male sexual contact accounted for 63% of the new infections (3).

In 2006, a higher percentage of blacks reported having been tested for HIV during the preceding 12 months than did Hispanics and whites (22% versus 13% and 8%, respectively) (4). Nonetheless, HIV testing should be promoted and increased among blacks because persons who are aware of their HIV infection are less likely to transmit it to others.

Information regarding National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is available at http://www.cdc.gov/features/blackhivaidsawareness. Information regarding blacks and HIV/AIDS is available at http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/topics/aa/index.htm.

References

  1. CDC. HIV prevalence estimates---United States, 2006. MMWR 2008;57:1073--6.
  2. CDC. Subpopulation estimates from the HIV incidence surveillance system---United States, 2006. MMWR 2008;57:985--9.
  3. CDC. Trends in HIV/AIDS diagnoses among men who have sex with men---33 states, 2001--2006. MMWR 2008;57:681--6.
  4. CDC. Persons tested for HIV---United States. MMWR 2008;57:845--9.

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Date last reviewed: 2/4/2009

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