HIV / AIDS & African Americans
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said of all the racial and ethnic groups in the U.S., HIV and AIDS have hit African Americans the hardest. The reasons are not directly related to race
or ethnicity, but rather to some of the barriers faced by them. These barriers include poverty (being poor), sexually transmitted diseases, and stigma (negative attitudes, beliefs, and actions directed
at people living with HIV/AIDS or directed at people who do things that might put them at risk for HIV). When we look at HIV/AIDS by race and ethnicity, we see that African Americans have: 1) more illness˜ blacks account for 13 % of the populations, but they account for about half of the people who get HIV and AIDS. 2) Shorter survival times “Blacks with AIDS often don’t live as long as people with the same disease. 3) More deaths “HIV/AIDS is a leading cause of death for African American.