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


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.

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Laurencin, C.T., Murdock, C.J., Laurencin, L. et al. HIV/AIDS and the African-American Community 2018: a Decade Call to Action. J. Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities 5, 449–458 (2018).

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  • African-Americans
  • STDs
  • Socioeconomic status
  • Epidemic