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New Study
Documents Prevalence of AIDS in Black Communities

New Study
Documents Prevalence of AIDS in Black Communities

A report on the current state of AIDS in the African-American community was released Tuesday by the Black AIDS Institute. The research shows that more than half of AIDS patients in 15 states are black as of 2004.

A report on the current state of AIDS in the African-American community was released Tuesday by the Black AIDS Institute. "AIDS in Black America" shows that more than half of AIDS patients in 15 states are black as of 2004.

"The latest report by the Black AIDS Institute starkly reminds us of the impact that HIV/AIDS is having on black communities throughout our country," Rebecca Haag, executive director of AIDS Action Council, said in a press release. "In the 27th year of this epidemic, it is shameful that we have the numbers documented in this report, highlighted by the fact that in 2004, 50% of new HIV/AIDS diagnoses were among black Americans. This underscores further the need for a national AIDS strategy, for which over 100 organizations are calling. The centerpiece of a national AIDS strategy must be addressing and ending the epidemic in black communities throughout America."

After releasing the report, the Black AIDS Institute announced a major initiative to test 1 million African-Americans for HIV.

The AIDS Action Council announced its support of the study in a press release Tuesday. (The Advocate)

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