Friday, October 15, 2010

1 in 22 blacks will get HIV, CDC report says

1 in 22 blacks will get HIV, CDC report says

Health officials estimate that 1 in 22 black Americans will be diagnosed with the AIDS virus in their lifetime — more than twice the risk for Hispanics and eight times that of whites.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the numbers Thursday. The report says the lifetime risk is 1 in 52 for Hispanics, and 1 in 170 for whites.

Asian-Americans had the lowest lifetime risk, at about 1 in 222.

The data is not considered surprising. Earlier research has shown blacks, especially, have a high risk of HIV infection.

The estimates are based on 2007 death certificates, population figures and HIV surveillance data from 37 states and Puerto Rico. They update similar calculations reported two years ago.

Read the CDC report here: 1 in 22 blacks will get HIV, CDC report says

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'm not much into stats because I think they are overly inflated, but I do believe that more should be done in our community to educate us more on the prevention as well as how the diseade is transmissed. I think we are doing our people a disservice when we sidestep this topic. Black churches can help alot in this area by providing health clinics where people can get free HIV testing and information about how to protect themselves from the disease besides preaching abstinence.

Jen Fad from BIA