the entity that unleashed this deadly virus into our society. The following was taken from the Center for Disease Control's website:
Among diseases that disproportionately affect African Americans,
HIV/AIDS has had a particularly devastating effect. At every stage―from HIV
diagnosis through the death of persons with AIDS―the hardest-hit racial or
ethnic group is African Americans. Overall, even though African
Americans make up only approximately 13% of the US population, one half of the estimated new numbers of HIV/AIDS
diagnoses in the United States in 2004 were for African Americans .*
Race/ethnicity of adults and adolescents with HIV/AIDS diagnosed in
2004 Note. Based on data from 35 areas with long-term, confidential,
name-based HIV reporting. AIDS has become a leading
cause of death for African Americans. In 2002 (the most
recent year for which data are available), HIV/AIDS was the second leading
cause of death for all African Americans aged 35Â44 . In the same
year, HIV/AIDS was the number 1 cause of death for African American women
aged 25Â34 .
The cumulative toll (from the beginning of the epidemic through 2004)
of AIDS is sobering.
Of the almost 1 million cases of AIDS diagnosed in the
United States and its dependencies, possessions, and associated nations, 40%
were in African Americans .
Of the more than half a million people with AIDS who have died, 38% were African
In 2002, HIV/AIDS was the number 1 cause of death
for African American women aged 25-34. It is not an
exaggeration to say that HIV/AIDS is an epidemic in the African American
African Americans have accounted for 40%
of AIDS diagnoses since the beginning of the epidemic .
African Americans do not live as long as people in other racial or
ethnic groups who have AIDS .
In 2004,more African American children (under the age of 13) were
living with AIDS than were children of all other races and ethnicities living
with AIDS combined .
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