Friday, 6 July 2012

Nearly Half of All AIDS Infected Americans are Black Men, Women, and Children

We all know that the AIDS crisis in black America is serious, but just how serious? NPR published some stark statistics that paint an awful picture of the AIDS epidemic in black America: "Of the more than 1 million people in the U.S. infected with HIV, nearly half are black men, women and children — even though blacks make up about 13 percent of the population. AIDS is the primary killer of African-Americans ages 19 to 44, and the mortality rate is 10 times higher for black Americans than for whites." A new Frontline documentary, Endgame: AIDS in Black America, explores why the HIV epidemic is so much more prevalent in the African-American community than amongst whites. The film is produced, written and directed by Renata Simone, whose series “The Age of AIDS”appeared on Frontline in 2006. There really is no getting around those numbers. The big question is what do we do about it? How do we save our community from AIDS, as well as other societal plagues that are ravaging the black community, such as mass incarceration.

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