*The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the nation’s most authoritative source of information on the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The government agency released its annual report Friday and generally it contained good news for African Americans.
The report shows an HIV/AIDS epidemic which has stabilized among Blacks with the only increase taking place among Black homosexual males. Nevertheless, the epidemic still disproportionately afflicts Blacks.
According to the report, the infection rates “among blacks/African Americans and whites remained stable [from 2006 to 2009]” but Blacks “accounted for 52 percent of all diagnoses of HIV infection.” This is even though Blacks only constitute roughly 13 percent of the U.S. population.
Overall, the HIV infection rate was 66.6 for every 100,000 African Americans. This compares to infection rates of 22.8 per 100,000 Hispanics; 7.2 per 100,000 whites and 6.4 per 100,000 Asian Americans.
Meanwhile, the infection rate among homosexual men continued to climb. According to the CDC report, “From 2006 through 2009, among adult and adolescent males, the annual number of diagnosed HIV infections attributed to male-to-male sexual contact increased.” Indeed, HIV infections are increasing at a faster pace among young Black homosexual males (13 to 29) than any other age or racial group.
Males account for 76 percent of all diagnoses of HIV infections among adults and adolescents. But for the population as a whole, the CDC report concludes, “From 2006 through 2009, the estimated number and the estimated rate of annual AIDS diagnoses in the United States decreased.”