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CDC Report: Only 1 in 3 Black Americans Living with HIV Receives Effective Treatment

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By BVN Staff

A new report released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that among all black Americans infected with HIV, only about one in every three is receiving adequate treatment for the disease.

According to the CDC’s “Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report” released Feb. 7, many blacks are not receiving care or treatment to manage their HIV infection. Only 35 percent of blacks diagnosed with HIV had achieved viral suppression. The issue is even more apparent among HIV-positive black males, which includes gay black men.

This was the first known report to “describe the continuum of HIV care” among blacks Americans, according to the CDC.

Blacks account for more new cases of HIV infection than any other racial group, about 44 percent. There are also more blacks currently living with HIV in the U.S. than any other racial group, also 44 percent. In addition, among all gay and bisexual men, young black men accounted for the highest number of new HIV infections in 2010.

The CDC report said, “Increasing the proportion of black persons living with HIV who are receiving care is critical for achieving the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy to reduce new infections, improve health outcomes, and decrease health disparities. “

For more information about the report, visit: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6305a2.htm?s_cid=mm6305a2_w

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