HIV continues to pose problems among African-Americans, according to newly released data from the Centers for Disease Control.
A CDC analysis from 2014 found that one in five African-Americans newly diagnosed with HIV had already progressed to AIDS when their infection was diagnosed. Fewer than half of all African-Americans living with HIV have achieved viral suppression. Viral suppression means HIV is not transmittable.
Conversely, the disparity between diagnosis rates between African-American women and white women shrank by nearly 25 percent from 2010 to 2014.
“While it is clear improvements are needed, evidence suggests that efforts are paying in many ways,” said Eugene McCray, M.D., Director of the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention at the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention.
African-Americans make up almost half of all new HIV diagnoses in the United States and represent a third of the 1.2 million people living with the virus. National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is Feb. 7.