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Untitled AIDS among African-Americans

Did you know that of the new cases of AIDS reported to CDC in 2000: were African-Americans?

After 1995, African-Americans have surpassed White Americans in the number of AIDS cases reported each year. This is the case, for both men and women in year 2000, as shown in Figure 1 below.

Figure 1
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Untitled AIDS Cases in Adults and Adolescents, by Sex and Race/Ethnicity, Reported in 2000, USA36

Untitled Since 1993, African-Americans have surpassed all other ethnic groups, in terms of cumulative cases of AIDS deaths, in all regions of the United States (see Figure 2).

Figure 2
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Untitled Age-adjusted Mean Rate of Death from HIV Infection during 1993-1997, By Race/Ethnicity and Geographic Region, USA36

Untitled Since 1991, AIDS is the top killler , of 25-44 yo African-Americans, and among the top 5 killers since 1986. Injection Drug Use (IDU) has been the primary mode of exposure among African-Americans to HIV (36%) .

African-Americans have the highest rate of AIDS cases per unit population of a given ethnic group, in all regions of the United States (see figure directly below). While the AIDS deaths were also decreasing among African-Americans (see also gender/race AIDS deaths), especially in the West US, the proportion of African-Americans dying of AIDS has been increasing, also reflected in the percentage deaths. Between 1987 and 1997, the percentage of African-Americans among persons who died from HIV infection increased from 30% to 52%, in contrast the percentage of Whites decreased from 69% to 47%.

The above statitics are staggering considering that African-Americans comprise only 12% of the total US population.

Untitled Visit CDC Slide Sets for the latest, as well as the slides links and other links included below for more detailed graphical and descriptive analysis of AIDS in the United States.

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