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

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. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities Springer Journals

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

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2018 by W. Montague Cobb-NMA Health Institute
Subject
Medicine & Public Health; Medicine/Public Health, general; Epidemiology; Quality of Life Research; Social Structure, Social Inequality
ISSN
2197-3792
eISSN
2196-8837
D.O.I.
10.1007/s40615-018-0491-0
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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.

Journal

Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health DisparitiesSpringer Journals

Published: Jun 4, 2018

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