Watch out: STD infections in the black community are out of control4
If you watch movies and listen to music, you might think that HIV doesn’t really exist anymore. People make a lot of songs about sex, but don’t say much of anything about protection. This data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention might make you think twice, because it appears that the black community has a real cause for concern when it comes to STD infections.
In 2011, the diagnosis rate for HIV cases in the United States was 15.8 per 100,000 population and 60.4 among Blacks. Of 197,090 diagnoses of HIV-infection from 2008-2011, Blacks/African Americans accounted for:
47% of the total
64% of women
66% of infections attributed to heterosexual contact
67% of children, ages < 13
In 2010, the death rate for blacks was higher (25.0 per 100,000) compared with any other racial ethnicity group (3.0 whites). Blacks represented 49% of all deaths with HIV in 2010. A recent study showed that blacks diagnosed with HIV are less likely than other groups to be linked to care, retained in care, receive antiretroviral treatment and achieve adequate viral suppression.
African American Males
African American men accounted for 42% of HIV cases diagnosed among men in 2011. A majority (72%) of African American men with HIV contracted the disease by male to male contact while 19% contracted HIV through heterosexual exposure.
African American Females
Among African American women, high risk heterosexual contact was the most frequently cited mode of transmission, accounting for 89% of cases diagnosed in 2011.