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Black men are the leading cause of death for young black women.


CofCC.org News Team

The leading cause of death and injury for young black women is black men.

AIDS.

According to the CDC, black men are ten times more likely to be diagnosed with HIV or AIDS than white men. Among black men who allege that they have never engaged in a homosexual act, the figure rises to about 15 times the rate that heterosexual white men are diagnosed. Studies by the CDC also conclude that black men are more likely to have HIV or AIDS and go undiagnosed than white men.

All of this translates to black women being diagnosed with HIV or AIDS at a rate of over 20 times that of white women. The general trend is for black men to catch HIV/AIDS from each other in prison and then give it to black women when they are released. The CDC believes that 74% of black women who have HIV/AIDS contracted it through heterosexual contact with a man.

A 2004 report by the CDC says that AIDS is the:

  • the leading cause of death for black women aged 25–34 years.
  • the 3rd leading cause of death for black women aged 35–44 years.
  • the 4th leading cause of death for black women aged 45–54 years.

 

See report.

By way of comparison, AIDS was only the 11th leading cause of death for white women aged 25-34!

Femicide.

Homicide is the second leading cause of death for black woman aged 15-24 and the 3rd leading cause of death for black women aged 25-34.

The majority of black female homicide victims are killed by a current or former boyfriend, which many refer to as “femicide.”

“The National Black Women’s Health Project” has identified the battering of women as the number one health issue for African American women (Joseph, 1997).

Femicide is a leading cause of premature deaths in African American women aged 15-44. (Journal of Issues in Nursing Vol 7, No. 1)

In 1998, Salber and Taliaferro reported that the spousal homicide rate among African Americans is 8.4 times more than for whites. The incidence of spousal homicide is 7.7 times higher in interracial marriages compared to intraracial marriages. (Source WebMD.com)

Relationships with black men dramatically increase your chance of dying young.

Between 1999 and 2005, black women were 2.23 times more likely to die between the ages of 15-24 than white women. Between the ages of 25-34, black women were 3.19 times more likely to die than white women.

White women who engage in relationships with black men dramatically increase their chances of premature death or long term health problems from murder, beatings, and STDs.