Always hustlin', baby. My latest for EBONY is on National HIV Testing Day: "Time for "A Real Conversation" on HIV/AIDS and Blacks."
The number of new HIV infections has finally stabilized at about 50,000 per year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Unfortunately the epicenter of the domestic epidemic is Black America. African-American and other Black communities represent only 14 percent of the nation’s population but account for 44 percent of all new HIV infections, reports the CDC.
These statistics represent the need “for a real conversation” about how we can prevent new HIV/AIDS cases within the Black community, Vanessa Cullins, MD told EBONY.com. Dr. Cullins is Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Vice President of External Medical Affairs. "That’s why National HIV Testing Day is so important." [...]
Black gay and bisexual men continue to suffer the highest new infection rates in the country. The number of new infections have been particularly "alarming" among young Black gay and bisexual men aged 13 to 19, according to CDC. New seroconversions have increased by almost half between 2006 and 2009.
"The statistics speak for themselves," Keith R. Green, MSW told EBONY.com. Green is the chairman of the Chicago Black Gay Men’s Caucus, which promotes sexual health, wellness and empowerment among Black gay and bisexual men. "Black gay and bisexual men are disproportionately impacted by HIV/AIDS. That is largely because of not knowing their status and not taking appropriate action when we do."