A new study shows that HIV infection rates of black women in major cities in the United States are as high as rates in some African countries.
The new data released Thursday comes from the ISIS study (The Women’s HIV Seroincidence Study), and reflects an analysis of at-risk women in six urban areas that have some of the highest rates of HIV/AIDS: Baltimore, Atlanta, Raleigh-Durham, N.C., Washington, D.C., Newark and New York City. If you take a look at the cities listed, many of the cities have high concentration of African Americans living in the city.
“This disease is alive and well in this country,” said Dr. Carlos Del Rio, principal investigator for the Atlanta area of the study and professor of medicine and infectious disease at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. “But this epidemic is the face of the forgotten people.”
There are “hot spots” where the disease thrives in this country, Del Rio said, and most of those areas are some of the most impoverished parts of the United States.
“That’s bad, but it’s good because we know where to pour our intervention efforts,” Del Rio said.
Within one year of joining the study, 0.24 percent of the women tested positive for the disease. That rate is five times higher than the CDC’s previous estimate of HIV rates in black American women. These numbers are comparable to the HIV rates found in the general population in many sub-Saharan African countries, including the Democratic Republic of Congo (0.28 percent) and Kenya (0.53 percent).
No matter with each article we post relating to this disease, the message still remains the same. The HIV/AIDS pandemic is killing people and affecting our communities every minute. Not just in our communities but loved ones, friends and family members.
HIV Rates of Black Women in High Risk Areas Rival Numbers in African Countries via International Business Times
Shocking HIV Rates Among Black Women: Study (VIDEO) via ABC News