Sunday, February 28, 2010

Some U.S. Cities Have Higher HIV Rates Than Africa

Great Hera, this ain't cute.

D.C. and NYC HIV cases among Black men are growing and growing.
More than 1 in 30 adults in Washington, D.C., are HIV-infected—a prevalence higher than that reported in Ethiopia, Nigeria, or Rwanda. Certain U.S. subpopulations are particularly hard hit. In New York City, 1 in 40 blacks, 1 in 10 men who have sex with men, and 1 in 8 injection-drug users are HIV-infected, as are 1 in 16 black men in Washington, D.C. In several U.S. urban areas, the HIV prevalence among men who have sex with men is as high as 30%—as compared with a general-population prevalence of 7.8% in Kenya and 16.9% in South Africa.

This is not good. I hope the word is getting out there. This can not continue.



Miss Ginger Grant said...

The scariest part of all?...
Many of these men are not gay, or at least not exclusively gay.

And they are young! Many were born in the late 80's or early nineties- they did not experience the death and devastation of the AIDS "Crisis" before the cause and treatments were discovered!

AIDS awareness is more important now than ever! It's no longer a "gay" disease!!

Thanks for setting up my soapbox for me!

ToddyEnglish said...

This is scary. We've done all of this outreach for Africa; however, this is happening in our own backyard.
I can't believe this. This sickens me.

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