The AIDS epidemic among African-Americans in some parts of the United States is as severe as in parts of Africa, according to a report out Tuesday.
AIDS in America today is a black disease, says Phill Wilson, founder and CEO of the institute and himself HIV-positive for 20 years. 2006 CDC data tell us that about half of the just over 1 million Americans living with HIV or AIDS are black.
Although black people represent only about one in eight Americans, one in every two people living with HIV in the United States is black, the report notes. :omg022:
AIDS remains the leading cause of death among black women between ages 25 and 34. :omg022: Its the second-leading cause of death in black men 35-44.