Friday, June 12, 2009


I clipped this info from the site, because facts are so much more meaningful than slogans. Putting the words STOP AIDS over a black hand would have been more inclusive and less Spike Lee-ish, but that's a small nit. Moving on, if the push is about black people taking responsibility for the behaviors that make AIDS a leading killer, let's do it. But a word to the wise, stopping AIDS, like violence, will require America to approach the problem differently. The behavior systems in America's 'urban-islands' more closely resemble those of places like Lagos, Nigeria, Africa's most advanced industrial city, rather than the white-majority melting pots of the US. This is the simple answer of why earlier US programs have, so far, failed the black demographic, while capturing others. They do not meet the issues of this audience head-on. Talking about it is the place to start. I'm in.



In 2005, the rate of AIDS diagnoses in black adults and adolescents was 10 times the rate for whites and nearly
three times the rate for Hispanics.

In 2004, African Americans were disproportionately affected by HIV infection, accounting for 55 percent of all
HIV infections reported among people ages 13–24.

Of the estimated 18,849 people under the age of 25 whose diagnosis of HIV/AIDS was made during 2001–2004 in the 33 states with HIV reporting, 11,554 (61 percent) were black.

In 2007, nearly 20 percent of people infected with HIV residing in the District of Columbia were between the age 13-29 at the time of their diagnosis.

In Georgia, the rate of adult/adolescent HIV/AIDS cases was 81.2 per 100,000 for African-Americans in 2005 and 8.7 per 100,000 for whites.

Of the 68 U.S. children (younger than 13 years of age) who had a new AIDS diagnosis in 2005, 46 were black.

Of the estimated 141 infants perinatally infected with HIV in 2005, 91 or 65 percent were black.


One in 30 black women will be diagnosed with HIV at some point in their lifetime.

The rate of AIDS diagnoses for black women was nearly 23 times the rate for white women in 2005.

AIDS was the leading cause of death in 2006 for black women 25 to 34.

Of the 126,964 women living with HIV/AIDS in 2005, 64 percent were black, 19 percent were white, 15 percent were Hispanic, one percent were Asian or Pacific Islander, and less than one percent were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

Of 40,608 AIDS diagnoses in the 50 states and the District of Columbia for 2005, 10,774 (26 percent) were women.


One in 16 black men will be diagnosed with HIV at some point in their lifetime.

The rate of AIDS diagnoses for black men was eight times the rate for white men in 2005.

AIDS was the second leading cause of death in 2006 for black men ages 35 to 44.

Of the Washington, D.C., residents living with HIV/AIDS in 2008, 76.3 percent were black and 71.7 percent were male.

The rate of adult/adolescent AIDS cases for African-American males (118.7 per 100,000) was eight times that of white males (14 per 100,000) in Georgia in 2005.


The total lifetime cost of illness for Americans newly diagnosed with HIV in 2002 is approximately $36.4 billion.

While whites incur more direct medical costs than blacks for HIV treatment, blacks suffer greater financial damage from loss of productivity.

In 2007, over half of the 900,000 Americans living with HIV died from the virus.

HIV/AIDS is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.

The U.S. Agency for International Development for funding HIV/AIDS in the region is expected to increase its funds to $30 billion by 2010.

Sources: District of Columbia Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The Georgia Department of Community Health Office and Health Improvement, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Congressional Research Service Report, Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes (JAIDS)

James C. Collier


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sungod said...

like you said i just dont feel that Amerikkka has come at a different angles when it comes to AIDS and blacks. The fact of the matter is that it is prevalent period. I think the reason blacks are more infected(affected) is b/c of lifestyle.

Jimmy said...

1 in 16 black men will be diagnosed with HIV? Can you confirm that? It seems extraordinarily high.

Anonymous said...

Hey Sungod don't let the door his your ass on your way out to head on back to Africa. Oh wait you are still here...never mind.

Anonymous said...

Psychology probably looms large in this debate as well. Problems with low self image/esteem have always been an issue for Blacks in the U.S. in particular. If you don't feel good about yourself, you won't engage in behaviors that are reflective of self worth/love. This can lead one to irresponsibly indulge in alcohol, drugs, sex, gambling and the list goes on.

One could easily argue that Black Americans are the most psychologically damaged demographic in our nation, which would then necessarily lead to an assumption that out of such "damage" would emerge certain pathologies. At the end of the day, though, we are going to have to come to grips with the fact that much of the solution is in the mirror; we can no longer hope that the larger society will take it upon itself to implement strategies on our behalf to help solve the underlying problem.

Anonymous said...

I have absolutely no sympathy for people with AIDS. They engaged in risky behavior and got burnt.

There are a tiny, tiny proportion of people who have AIDs through no fault of their own. But we shouldn't refrain from condemning AIDS spreaders because of a few exceptions.

Why is AIDS such a scourge in the Black community? Are Blacks genetically predisposed to contracting it? Are CIA operatives injecting it into Blacks in the guise of a flu vaccine? Is it some kind of "stereotype threat"?

Obviously not. The AIDs problem in the Black community, as with every problem in the Black community, is a reflection of the dysfunction of the Black community itself. The article seems to imply that, as always, the solution is throwing more government money at the problem. Unfortunately, you can't buy culture or morality.

The more money and effort spent on AIDS, the worse it will get. And basically, that's what AIDS groups want. You can't spent 30 billion dollars without making somebody rich.

Erect Penis said...

Like you said i just don not feel that Amerikkka has come at a different angles when it comes to AIDS and blacks.

combat aids said...

People who share equipment to inject recreational drugs risk becoming infected with HIV from other drug users who have HIV. Methadone maintenance and other drug treatment programmes are effective ways to help people eliminate this risk by giving up injected drugs altogether. However, there will always be some injecting drug users who are unwilling or unable to end their habit, and these people should be encouraged to minimise the risk of infection by not sharing equipment.

Anonymous said...

Throwing any money at mitigating the spread-of-aids problem is a waste. If people engage in risky behavior they aren't reading or digesting the msgs that are in everyone's face as it is. Working on ending the culture of instant gratification needs to end. We need to expose people to cultures where family and education matter more then scoring.

Soft Cialis said...

Maybe the aim was to try to reduce the quantity of victims of this disease, especially in the United States and in the African Continent.However, I think this could be considered as racism, because everybody knows the white persons are victims of this disease too.