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HIV/AIDS and the African-American Community 2018: a Decade Call to Action

  • Cato T. LaurencinEmail author
  • Christopher J. Murdock
  • Lynne Laurencin
  • Donna M. Christensen
Perspective Article

Abstract

HIV/AIDS disproportionately affects African-Americans more than any other racial or ethnic group in the USA. Currently representing only 12% of the US population, African-Americans now comprise close to half of the total reported HIV/AIDS cases in the USA according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention since the initial reporting of HIV/AIDS. In this paper, we examined the prevalence and current direction of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the African-American community especially in comparison to our first call to action in 2008. The situation remains dire and broader attention is necessary from the public health and medical sectors who serve the majority of African-American populations and the community at-large to work towards closing this health disparity gap. This paper thus recommends an action plan for community leaders (i.e., the public health sector, policy makers, public health practitioners, and other stakeholders) to reduce the disparity.

Keywords

HIV/AIDS African-Americans STDs Socioeconomic status Epidemic 

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Copyright information

© W. Montague Cobb-NMA Health Institute 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  • Cato T. Laurencin
    • 1
    Email author
  • Christopher J. Murdock
    • 1
  • Lynne Laurencin
    • 1
  • Donna M. Christensen
    • 1
  1. 1.Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Connecticut (CICATS) – CEOFarmingtonUSA

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