Black men who have sex with men are at greater risk for HIV infection.
African American communities continue to suffer from HIV/AIDS at an epidemic rate in the United States, including in Michigan. Although only 13 percent of the U.S. population, about half of all people with HIV and AIDS are black. Click here to learn more about the AIDS epidemic among African Americans.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has implemented a strategy to fight this epidemic, including the "Act Against AIDS" campaign, and it’s one of their highest priorities.
- In 2008, the CDC doubled its investment to $70 million to increase testing among African Americans, an initiative that began in 2007.
- The CDC is developing new HIV interventions to reach those at the greatest risk for infection: African American women, youth, gay and bisexual men and incarcerated individuals.
- The CDC has partnered with other organizations throughout the country to increase training for HIV health care providers to use new interventions for the high risk groups.
- Because poverty and lack of access to prevention education and health care are factors in the high rate of infection, the CDC is investigating ways to address these issues.
- The CDC is working with African American leaders from every sector to unite against HIV. In 2007 and 2008, the CDC held guidance meetings with more than 200 African American leaders to discuss ways to make real changes in their communities to increase HIV prevention education and testing.
- Bishop T.D. Jakes, TV and radio talk show host, Darian “Big Tigger” Morgan and Jackson State University President, Dr. Ronald Mason are among many African American leaders who are working with the CDC through various activities across the country.
- The CDC launched its $10 million "Act Against AIDS" campaign, in its five-year partnership with 14 leading African American organizations. The campaign will be designed to increase awareness of HIV/AIDS and promote testing to lead to early diagnoses and treatment. Local Detroit businesses are also involved in the campaign, among other U.S. cities.
During the next few years, even more interventions will be implemented by the CDC.
1-800-CDC-INFO (232-4636): CDC Information about personal risk and where to get an HIV test:
AIDSinfo: 1-800-448-0440: Resource on HIV/AIDS