African Americans and HIV

 

 

African Americans and HIV


General Information

HIV/AIDS and African Americans.  Web page from the Office of Minority Health with detailed statistical information about HIV testing, HIV and AIDS cases, modes of HIV exposure, and death rates among African Americans.

HIV/AIDS among African Americans.   Fact sheet from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

HIV/AIDS and African Americans.  CDC topics page with information and links on the epidemic in the African American community.

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services web page with links to information and resources.

HIV in the United States: An Overview. This CDC report published in June 2010 includes a brief discussion of high rates of HIV information seen among African Americans and Latinos.

Diagnoses of HIV Infection and AIDS in the United States and Dependent Areas, 2010. This CDC report includes information about HIV and AIDS cases among African Americans and five other racial/ethnic groups.

HIV Infection - United States, 2005 and 2008.  This brief report provides compares HIV infection diagnoses in 2005 and 2008, with breakdowns by race and ethnicity.

Cases of HIV Infection and AIDS in the United States and Dependent Areas, by Race/Ethnicity, 2003-2007.  This CDC report contains surveillance information for Black/African Americans and five other racial/ethnic groups. For each group, further breakdowns are provided by: HIV transmission category; gender; age at time of HIV diagnosis; region; and state.

Black Americans and HIV/AIDS.  Fact sheet from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

HIV and AIDS among African Americans.  Fact sheet from avert.org.

United States statistics by race and age.  Fact sheet from avert.org.

Links: African Americans.  Web page from UCSF's HIV InSite with links to national, regional, and community resources and organizations.

Systematic review of HIV behavioral prevention research in African Americans.  Chapter from the HIV InSite's Knowledge Base textbook

African American HIV/AIDS resource center.  Web page from thebody.com with statistics, articles, and links to other resources.

What are African Americans' HIV prevention needs?  Fact sheet from UCSF's Center for AIDS Prevention Studies.  Also available in Spanish.

What are Black Men's HIV prevention needs?  Fact sheet from UCSF's Center for AIDS Prevention Studies.  Also available in Spanish.

What are Black women's HIV prevention needs? Fact sheet from the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies.  Also available in Spanish.

Selected Reports from the Black AIDS Institute

Deciding Moment: The State of AIDS in Black America 2011

Passing the Test:  The Challenges and Opportunities of HIV Testing in Black America

Rights Here, Right Now

Making Change Real: The State of AIDS in Black America 2009

Left Behind - Black America: A Neglected Priority

We're the Ones We've Been Waiting For

AIDS in Blackface: 25 Years of an Epidemic

The Way Forward

Getting Real: Black Women Taking Charge in the Fight Against AIDS

Reclaiming Our Future: The State of AIDS among Black Youth

The Time is Now:  The State of AIDS in Black America


Selected Recent Articles

Note:  Since there is a very large number of articles about African Americans and HIV, this section focuses on recent news, primarily in the United States.  For additional articles, search the aidsmeds.com, aidsmap.com, and hivandhepatitis.com web sites under the terms "African American" or "Black."

U.S. Black Women Have Higher Rates of HIV Infection and AIDS Death. Article dated March 23, 2012 from hivandhepatitis.com.

Vitamin D deficiency increases risk of 'silent' cardiovascular disease in HIV-positive African Americans. Article dated March 22, 2012 from aidsmap.com.

CROI: U.S. Black Women Have Higher Rates of HIV Infection and AIDS Death. Article dated March 21, 2012 from hivandhepatitis.com.

Black Women Twice as Likely to Die of AIDS in U.S. Compared to White HIV-Positive Women. Article dated March 13, 2012 from aidsmeds.com.

Of faith and compassion. Article dated January/February 2012 from Positively Aware.

Similar HIV treatment outcomes among UK gay men across ethnic groups. Article dated January 3, 2012 from aidsmap.com.

Gene Variant Increases Risk of Kidney Disease in HIV-Positive African Americans. Article dated November 3, 2011 from aidsmeds.com.

Isentress-Inclusive HIV Regimen Safe, Effective for Women, Blacks in Merck Study. Article dated September 19, 2011 from aidsmeds.com. 

Big increase in HIV and syphilis diagnoses in US among young black gay men. Article dated August 22, 2011 from aidsmap.com.

Variations in mitochondrial DNA affect CD4 gains in black patients taking successful HIV therapy. Article dated August 9, 2011 from aidsmap.com.

New U.S. HIV Infections Hold Steady Overall, but Double among Black Gay Men. Article dated August 5, 2011 from hivandhepatitis.com.

Steady HIV infection rate in the US conceals large increases in young gay and black men. Article dated August 4, 2011 from aidsmap.com.

CDC: New HIV Cases Among Young Black MSM Up 48%. Article dated August 3, 2011 from aidsmeds.com.

Racial Differences in Eligibility for Hepatitis C Treatment. Article dated August 2, 2011 from hivandhepatitis.com.

CDC Reports Extended HIV/AIDS Surveillance Data.  Article dated June 28, 2011 from hivandhepatitis.com.

United States: opt-out HIV testing in clinical settings boosts HIV diagnoses among hard-to-reach groups. Article dated June 24, 2011 from aidsmap.com.

Do Black Patients Respond Less Well to Antiretroviral Therapy?  Article dated March 25, 2011 from hivandhepatitis.com.

CROI 2011: Risk of Virologic Failure 40 Percent Higher Among Blacks vs. Whites. Article dated March 1, 2011 from aidsmeds.com.

Virologic Failure on HIV Treatment 40% More Likely Among African Americans Than Whites, Study Finds. Article dated March 1, 2011 from The Body Pro website.

Blacks Continue to Have Highest Rate of HIV Diagnosis in U.S. Article dated February 11, 2011 from hivandhepatitis.com.

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: February 4, 2011.  Article from the February 7, 2011 issue of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).

Disparities in Diagnoses of HIV Infection Between Blacks/African Americans and Other Racial/Ethnic Populations: 37 States, 2005—2008.  Article from the February 4, 2011 issue of MMWR.

Increase in Newly Diagnosed HIV Infections Among Young Black Men Who Have Sex with Men: Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, 1999—2008.  Article from the February 4, 2011 issue of MMWR.

Gender, Race, and Geographic Disparities in HIV/AIDS Outcomes. Article dated January 25, 2011 from hivandhepatitis.com.

Social and economic circumstances impact on HIV treatment outcomes in US, Canada, Brazil, Australia. Article dated January 23, 2011 from aidsmap.com.

Study Says Race, Gender and Geography Predict Poorer Health With HIV. Article dated January 18, 2011 from aidsmeds.com.

Quality of Life Improved Most in Women and African Americans After Switching HIV Treatment in the GRACE Study. Article dated January 13, 2011 from aidsmeds.com.

Briefly: Safe sex intervention for African American couple. Article from the September/October 2010 issue of Positively Aware.

Higher HIV rates among black MSM in the US may be linked to attitudes about homosexuality. Article dated September 21, 2010 from aidsmap.com.

West Side stories: Black women discuss life, family, and HIV. Article from the July/August 2010 issue of Positively Aware.

Study Finds a Majority Are Still Showing Up Late for HIV Care. Article dated May 4, 2010 from aidsmeds.com.

Dissecting the “Rocket Science” Behind Rising HIV Infection Rates among Black MSM in Chicago. Article from the January/February 2010 issue of Positively Aware.

Race, Age Disparities Among Those with Undiagnosed HIV. Article dated December 23, 2009 from aidsmeds.com. 

HIV Conspiracy Theories Blunt Adherence in African-American Men. Article dated December 9, 2009 from aidsmeds.com.

Virologic response to HIV treatment differs by race among US patients.  Article dated October 7, 2009 from aidsmap.com.

Gene Predicts Poor HCV Treatment Response in Blacks.  Article dated August 17, 2009 from aidsmeds.com.

HIV rate could be higher in black Americans because of less sexual mixing.  Article dated July 13, 2009 from aidsmap.com. 

Effects of Race and Ethnicity on HIV Medication Adherence.  Article dated July 6, 2009 from aidsmeds.com. 

Protect Yourselves, Ladies: Young or old, black women continue to be at higher risk.  Article dated July 2009 from Positively Aware.

Very high level of late diagnosis in US: 38% develop AIDS within one year.  Article dated June 26, 2009 from aidmap.com.

Race Troubles: Why Do African Americans with HIV Fare Worse.  Article from the Spring 2009 issue of Achieve.  See pages 1, 3, 4, and 7 of this PDF file.  Also available in Spanish

Fighting HIV in Communities of Color.  Article from the Spring 2009 issue of Achieve.  See pages 8 to 13 of this PDF file.  Also available in Spanish

A Legacy of Mistrust:  Research and People of Color.  Article from the Spring 2009 issue of Achieve.  See pages 16 and 17 of this PDF file.  Also available in Spanish.

The faithful respond: Three views. Article from the Winter 2009-2010 issue of Achieve. See pages 5 through 11 and 16 of this PDF.

Africans and African Americans may progress to AIDS more slowly.  Article dated March 9, 2009 from aidsmeds.com.

Africans and African Americans progress to AIDS more slowly: strong association with hepatitis B.  Article dated March 9, 2009 from aidsmap.com.  

African-American men ‘on the down low’: a stigmatising and counter-productive description?  Article dated January 21, 2009 from aidsmap.com.

Circumcision cuts HIV risk by 50% for heterosexual African American men.  Article dated December 22, 2008 from aidsmap.com.

Vanquishing AIDS: Notes on ending the epidemic in America.  Article dated December 3, 2008 from aidsmeds.com.

'Hidden epidemic' of HIV amongst African migrants in the United States.  Article dated August 28, 2008 from aidsmap.com.

New HIV Numbers: New Prevention strategy? Part 1.  Article dated August 14, 2008 from aidsmeds.com.  

New HIV numbers: New prevention strategy? Part 2.  Article dated August 14, 2008 from aidsmeds.com.

The South rises again.  Article dated July 29, 2008 from aidsmeds.com.

Genetics may make Africans more vulnerable to HIV.  Article dated July 16, 2008 from aidsmeds.com.

News Briefs.  Article from the Summer 2008 issue of BETA.  Search for section titled "Genetic Variation May Raise Risk of HIV Infection in People of African Descent."

Rapid rises in diagnoses in US gay men concentrated in black and younger men.  Article dated June 30, 2008 from aidsmap.com.

Significant, if limited, effects seen in safer-sex interventions for black American heterosexuals.  Article dated June 19, 2008 from aidsmap.com.

More heart and kidney problems in treated African Americans.  Article dated January 10, 2008 from aidsmeds.com.

African-Americans with HIV have higher risk of aggressive kidney disease.  Article dated May 7, 2008 from aidsmap.com.

That Hump: Reflections on the rising rates of STIs in African American teenage girls.  Article dated May 2008 from Positively Aware.

African Americans have rapid kidney disease progression.  Article dated April 22, 2008 from aidsmeds.com.

HLA-B*5701 test for abacavir hypersensitivity works equally well in black and white patients.  Article dated April 1, 2008 from aidsmap.com.

Race and gender risk factors for some anti-HIV treatment side-effects.  Article dated March 25, 2008 from aidsmap.com.

TDM-based PI dose escalation shows modest benefit in black and Hispanic, but not Caucasian, treatment-experienced patients.  Article dated February 6, 2008 from aidsmap.com.

Consequences of non-adherence worse in African-Americans than white people.  Article dated December 16, 2007 from aidsmap.com.

US study suggests circumcision does not protect black or Latino MSM from HIV.  Article dated December 12, 2007 from aidsmap.com.

End-stage renal disease nearly six times higher in African Americans with HIV.  Article dated October 19, 2007 from aidsmeds.com.

African American ministers tackle AIDS.  Article dated October 9, 2007 from poz.com.

High incidence of STIs in HIV-positive young American women.  Article dated October 5, 2007 from aidsmap.com.

Brothers and sisters.  Article from the October 2007 issue of POZ.

CDC supports early detection in African Americans.  Article dated September 27, 2007 from poz.com.

Wherever you are: A plan to reach Black America about HIV.  Article dated March 28, 2007 from poz.com.

‘Opinion leader’ campaign in young black gay men achieves significant reductions in unsafe sex.  Article dated August 15, 2006 from aidsmap.com.

IAC: African Americans take a seat at the table.  Article dated August 14, 2006 from poz.com.


HIV Prevention Basics

Preventing HIV Transmission.  Fact sheet from AIDSinfo for HIV-infected persons on how to prevent infecting others.  Also available in Spanish.

Stopping the spread of HIV. Fact sheet from AIDS InfoNet. Also available in Spanish.

How risky is it?  Fact sheet from AIDS InfoNet.  Also available in Spanish.

How is HIV transmitted?:  Sexual transmission of HIV.  Fact sheet from aidsmeds.com.  Also available in Spanish.

How is HIV transmitted?: Specific sexual practices - What are the risks?  Fact sheet from aidsmeds.com.  Also available in Spanish. (See this section: "Prácticas sexuales específicas: ¿Cuáles son los riesgos?")

Reducing the risk of getting HIV from sexual activities.  Fact sheet from the San Franscisco AIDS Foundation.

Safer sex guidelines.  Fact sheet from AIDS InfoNet.  Also available in Spanish.

Condoms.  Fact sheet from AIDS InfoNet.  Also available in Spanish.

Drug use and HIV. Fact sheet from AIDS InfoNet. Also available in Spanish.

Reducing the risk of getting HIV from injection drug use.  Fact sheet from the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.

Harm reduction and HIV. Fact sheet from AIDS InfoNet. Also available in Spanish.

Treatment after exposure to HIV. Fact sheet from AIDS InfoNet. Also available in Spanish.

 

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