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King of HIV

Of all racial and ethnic groups in the United States, HIV and AIDS have hit African Americans the hardest. The reasons are not directly related to race or ethnicity, but rather to some of the barriers faced by many African Americans. These barriers can include poverty (being poor), sexually transmitted diseases, and stigma (negative attitudes, beliefs, and actions directed at people living with HIV/AIDS or directed at people who do things that might put them at risk for HIV).
When we look at HIV/AIDS by race and ethnicity, we see that African Americans have

• More illness. Even though blacks (including African Americans) account for about 13% of the US population, they account for about half (49%) of the people who get HIV and AIDS.
• Shorter survival times. Blacks with AIDS often don’t live as long as people of other races and ethnic groups with AIDS. This is due to the barriers mentioned above.
• More deaths. For African Americans and other blacks, HIV/AIDS is a leading cause of death.
The reality is similar for children: HIV/AIDS affects black children the most.
In 2005, 104 (63%) of the 166 children under the age of 13 diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in 33 states were black.
Blacks at higher risk for HIV are those
• who are unaware of their partner’s risk factors
• with other STDs (which affect more blacks than any other racial or ethnic group)
• who live in poverty (which is about one quarter [25%] of all blacks)Written
Information taken from the CDC website.

What can you do?

Get tested for HIV and Know your partner

Demand that your partner uses a condom. Sex is still good with a condom. It’s sex!

Speak Out against stigma, homophobia, racism, and other forms of discrimination associated with HIV/AIDS.
Donate time and money to HIV/AIDS organizations that work within African American communities.
Put on a condom. And Keep It On! It will not protect you if you take it off during sex.
Talk to your children about sex, condoms, HIV and AIDS. THEN TALK TO THEM AGAIN!
Find a testing site by calling 1-800-CDC-INFO, or on your cell phone, text your zip code to Know IT (566948).

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