National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2013

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Dr. Donna McCree, Associate Director for Health Equity, on Tackling the Social and Environmental Factors Placing African Americans at Higher Risk for HIV

Let’s Stop HIV Together Campaign Videos: Voices of African Americans Living with HIV

Graphics Highlighting Most Current New HIV Infection Data Among African Americans
This graph shows that in the US in 2010, the rate of new HIV infections among black males was 103.6 cases per 100,000 population, the rate for Hispanic males was 45.5 cases per 100,000 population, and the rate for white males was 15.8 cases per 100,000 population. The rate among black females was 38.1 cases per 100,000 population, the rate for Hispanic females was 8.0 cases per 100,000 population, and the rate among white women was 1.9 cases per 100,000 population.

Estimated Rate of New Infections, 2010
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CDC’s new estimates show that African Americans, more than any other racial/ethnic group, continue to bear the greatest burden of HIV in the United States. The overall HIV infection rate among blacks was almost eight times higher than that of whites (68.9 v. 8.7 per 100,000 of the population).

Hispanics also continue to be disproportionately affected by HIV. The HIV infection rate among Hispanics was three times that of whites. (27.5 v. 8.7 per 100,000).

Whites accounted for nearly a third (31 percent) of all new HIV infections in 2010 (14,900), but had a substantially lower HIV infection rate (8.7 per 100,000) than African Americans or Hispanics.

This bar chart shows the estimated number of new HIV infections among black women, 2008-2010. From 2008-2010, there was a 21% decrease in new infections among black women – from 7,700 infections in 2008 and 6,100 in 2010

Estimated New HIV Infections among Black Women, 2008-2010

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Black women accounted for 13 percent of all new HIV infections in the United States in 2010 and nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of all new infections among women. Most black women (87 percent) were infected through heterosexual sex. While new infections among black women remain high, for the first time this analysis found indications of an encouraging decline. Between 2008 and 2010, new HIV infections among black women decreased 21 percent, from 7,700 in 2008 to 6,100 in 2010. Additional years of data will be needed to determine if the decrease among black women is the beginning of a longer-term trend.

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