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Blacks Less Likely To Get Ongoing HIV Care

African Americans living with HIV are less likely than white or Hispanic Americans to receive ongoing treatment and medical care, according to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Thursday.

The report reveals that despite signs of progress, HIV continues to disproportionately affect Black Americans.

Key findings, released ahead of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (Feb. 7), reveal that:

  • Only 38% of African Americans got consistent HIV care from 2011 – 2014, compared to about half of white and Latino Americans.
  • African American men were less likely to receive consistent medical care than African American women (35% and 44%, respectively).
  • Consistent retention was highest among African Americans whose HIV infections were attributable to heterosexual contact.

While Blacks represent just 12 percent of the U.S. population, they account for almost half (44 percent) of HIV diagnoses in 2014, and for more than one-third of people living with HIV.

Roughly 1.2 million people in the United States are living with HIV, and about 40,000 diagnoses occur each year, according to the most recent CDC data.

Click here for more information on the report.