More Black Churches Respond to HIV/AIDS

Published: June 18, 2010

As the 30th anniversary of the HIV/AIDS epidemic approaches, the virus continues to plague the country and the world amid an environment in which funding for service providers and programs is dwindling.

All the while, infection rates are ramping up near epidemic levels for gay men and people of color, particularly in metropolitan areas like Washington, D.C., where an estimated three percent of the city’s residents live with HIV; including roughly 14 percent of gay men. Nationwide, those of African descent count for nearly half of all known cases of people with HIV; in spite of the fact they comprise only 12 percent of the country’s entire population.

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