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5 tales about Nationwide Black HIV / AIDS Consciousness Day

February 07, 2021

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Black people made up 13% of the U.S. population and 42% of the country’s new HIV diagnoses in 2018, according to the CDC.

National Black HIV / AIDS Awareness Day is held on February 7th each year to help raise awareness of efforts to reduce the burden of HIV in black communities. This year’s theme “We Are Together” is designed to encourage people to make efforts to end HIV even if they are physically separated due to the pandemic.

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The CDC also provides access to Let’s Stop HIV Together campaign resources through its website to “empower communities, partners and health care providers to reduce the HIV stigma and promote prevention, testing and treatment”.

On the occasion of National Black HIV / AIDS Awareness Day, we compiled stories about racial inequalities in HIV.

HIV prevention programs tailored to B.is missing critical to reducing the associated differences

According to the Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America program, blacks made up half of people diagnosed with HIV in 2017 and more than 43% of those tested for the virus through a CDC-funded program. Continue reading.

HIV wins delay for black, Hispanic and young MSM in the US

According to an MMWR report, Black, Hispanic, Latin American, and younger men who have sex with men had less declines in HIV diagnoses than others between 2014 and 2018. Read more.

HIV PrEP The acceptance has increased sixfold in 4 years and falls short of the global goals

According to the HIV Research for Prevention conference, PrEP uptake for HIV has increased six-fold worldwide in the past 4 years, but falls short of the UNAIDS target of 3 million users. The complexities of costs and health systems act as a barrier to areas where the HIV epidemic is widespread, especially among black and Latin American men who have sex with men. Continue reading.

The type of insurance also influences the persistence PrEP

A study published in Clinical Infectious Diseases found that more than 50% of those with commercial insurance who started PrEP stayed on the regimen for 12 months, while only a third of those on Medicaid persisted. The black race was found to correlate with a shorter PrEP persistence. Continue reading.

Reference:

CDC. HIV and African Americans. https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/group/racialethnic/africanamericans/index.html. Accessed February 4, 2021.

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