Thursday, October 14, 2010

One in 22 African-Americans Will Get HIV

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a shocking report today: 1 in 22 blacks will get HIV.
Health officials estimate that one in 22 black Americans will be diagnosed with the AIDS virus in their lifetime – more than twice the risk for Hispanics and eight times that of whites. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the numbers Thursday. The report says the lifetime risk is one in 52 for Hispanics, and one in 170 for whites. Asian-Americans had the lowest lifetime risk, at about one in 222. The data is not considered surprising. Earlier research has shown blacks, especially, have a high risk of HIV infection. The estimates are based on 2007 death certificates, population figures and HIV surveillance data from 37 states and Puerto Rico. They update similar calculations reported two years ago.
Despite the statistics, there are ways you can protect yourself and your partners.

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