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AIDS continues to thrive among American blacks.

The majority of all new people diagnosed with HIV/AIDS are black. Also, blacks are most likely to have the disease and be undiagnosed. Black women are contracting HIV/AIDS at the highest rate of any female group. White women are contracting HIV/AIDS at the lowest rate. However, among both groups, the majority contracted the disease through heterosexual sex with black males. Sharing needles is the second leading cause of HIV/AIDS in these groups.

From Medical News Today…

Dr. Hodder presented the findings of the study at the “19th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI)”. Their study – “HPTN 064 Women’s HIV Seroincidence Study (ISIS)”, from the HIV Prevention Trials Network – found that from a cohort study of 2,099 adult females, the HIV positive rate was 0.24%. 88% of the women in this study were African-American. Their rate is five times higher than the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) estimate for black women.

Their findings showed that HIV rates of their sample population were not that different from those found in sub-Saharan Africa – Congo 0.28% and Kenya 0.53%. The researchers explained that their findings underscore the considerable HIV transmission that currently exists within some US populations, including adult African-American females at risk.

66% of all new female HIV infections occur in black women in the USA – however, only 14% of US females are African-American. Approximately one quarter of all reported new HIV infections in America are female cases.

The HIV death rate (adjusted) among African-American adult females is 15 times more than for Caucasian women, the authors reported.