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Is HIV really a big deal for the Black community?

Yes, HIV has a significant impact on the Black community in the U.S. Here are a few key facts:

  • In 2017, African Americans made up 13 percent of the U.S. population but accounted for 42 percent of people living with diagnosed HIV.
  • In 2017, the rate of new HIV infection among African Americans was 8 times higher than that of white men and 15 times higher than that of white women based on population size.
  • In 2016, the HIV diagnosis rate for African American women was almost 5 times higher than that of Latino women.
  • In 2017, Black men accounted for 37 percent of all new HIV diagnoses among gay and bisexual men.
  • In 2017, African Americans in the South accounted for 53 percent of all new HIV diagnoses in the region.
  • Blacks are more likely to become infected, less likely to get treatment, less likely to know they have the disease, and more likely to die from HIV and AIDS than any other race.

Source: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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