Janet Jackson's star power has helped raise more than $1 million annually in recent years for the American Foundation for AIDS Research. Janet lends her voice and activism in a new PSA for amfAR on World AIDS Day. "More than one million Americans are living with HIV," says the superstar entertainer. "And more than one in five don't even know they have it. Get tested."
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Those numbers are very accurate. It's also worth noting that Blacks are the demographic that are hardest hit by HIV/AIDS. Blacks comprise only 12 percent of the population but about 44 percent of all new infections. Blacks make up some 56 percent of all so-called late testers—people who are diagnosed with AIDS within one year of their HIV diagnosis.
The trend has been particularly “alarming” among Black gay and bisexual men aged 13 to 19, according to the Centers for Disease Controls. New infections have increased by 48 percent between 2006 and 2009.
See our report for EBONY "New Data Show Black Gay Men Face "World's Highest" Risk of HIV" and our series "Reversing the Alarming HIV Increase Among Black Gay Men Part 1" and "Part 2".