New data underscores the need to ramp up testing and prevention efforts across Black communities—and to link those who are HIV-positive to quality care and keep them in treatment. My latest for EBONY: "New Data Shows HIV Positive Blacks Less Likely to Stay in Care."
Only about a third of Black Americans who are positive have achieved “viral suppression," according to new research published in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
Viral suppression means it “is under control at a level that helps keep people healthy and reduces the risk of transmission,” Donna Hubbard McCree, PhD told EBONY.com. Dr. McCree is the Associate Director for Health Equity of the CDC’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention. “That’s why it’s important on days like today that we keep the conversation out there.”
Only 75 percent of all Blacks who were diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in 2010 were linked to care, according to the new research. About half remained in care and were prescribed antiretroviral therapy. Only 35 percent of HIV positive Black Americans achieved viral suppression.
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Thanks to the Centers for Disease Control and Dr. Donna Hubbard McCree, National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors and Dr. Kimberly Parker, professor of health studies at Texas Woman's University.