Despite making up only 14 percent of the population, black Americans account for 44 percent of new HIV infections—a shocking reminder of the radically underserviced HIV educational and health care needs of the African-American community.
Feb. 7 is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, an opportunity to focus our attention on these inexcusable disparities, and to rally around our black brothers and sisters in what is clearly a time of crisis.
Fenway Health has released a beautiful infographic with some very disturbing numbers that shine a glaring light on the woefully undermet social services and health care needs of black men who have sex with men:
Black men who have sex with men comprise less than 1 percent of the U.S. population but more than 20 percent of new HIV infections.
One in four black MSM are already infected with HIV by the time they reach age 25. By age 40, 60 percent of black MSM are living with HIV.
In a CDC-sponsored, 21-city survey of MSM, 59 percent of black MSM found to be HIV-positive were previously unaware of their infection, compared to only 26 percent of white MSM.
Among young men ages 13-24, black MSM are 14 times more likely to test HIV-positive than white MSM.
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