National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2022
February 3, 2022 – CDC Data Released Ahead of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Highlights Factors that Contribute to Continuing HIV Disparities in the U.S.
Despite overall progress in reducing HIV transmission in the United States, HIV continues to affect some groups more than others due to longstanding and ingrained barriers. Black or African American (hereafter referred to as Black) people account for a higher proportion of new HIV infections, compared to other races and ethnicities. Black people accounted for 13% of the U.S. population but 40% of people with HIV in 2019, according to CDC estimates. HIV disparities can and must end. Racism, longstanding systemic inequities, residential segregation, social and economic marginalization, and other ingrained barriers are among the factors that have contributed to these troubling and persistent disparities. To achieve health equity and end the HIV epidemic, the nation must overcome barriers that, for far too long, have stood between some people and highly effective HIV prevention and treatment tools.
The bar graph shows that in 2019, 22% of people in the U.S. who were eligible for PrEP were prescribed it. The bar graph also shows that 8% of Black/African American people, 14% of Hispanic/Latino people, and 60% of White people who were eligible for PrEP were prescribed it.