Black Women Infected With HIV in Atlanta is Comparable to Africa’s Epidemic
New research compares the HIV epidemic for black women in Atlanta to the devastating rates to those of African countries.
By: Amanda Anderson-Niles
It has been widely known for the last couple of decades that the African American community is more affected by the HIV and AIDS epidemic more than any other ethnicity. While there are several theories as to why the black population has been impacted so greatly, it continues to appear that Black women continue to contract the disease at a higher rate than black men. This issue is a terrifying one that continues to stalk the African American population despite the growing amounts of research and studies dedicated to finding treatment for the sexually transmitted disease.
The data collected in 2009 from the health departments of Dekalb, Fulton, Clayton, Cobb, Douglas, and Gwinnett released the following rates of infection of HIV and Aids, respectfully amongst black women:
Dekalb: 3,257 and 3,983
Fulton: 4,213 and 7,342
Clayton:847 and 943
Cobb and Douglas:1,030 and 1,288
Gwinnett:884 and 1,041
In a separate study conducted by the Center for Disease Control, it was conducted that black women make up 60 percent of all new HIV cases. When compared to other races of women, that is 15 times higher than white women, and 4 percent more than Hispanic women.
Ironically, the study also determined that black women aren’t more likely to engage in sexually risky behavior than other race of women.
The HIV Prevention Trials Network studied more than 2000 black women in several major cities and found that Atlanta can safely be compared to the raising HIV rates of those in African countries.
While many believe the “Down Low Brother” theory is the culprit and the high rates of infection in black women, some would argue that the real cause is the lack of personal responsibility, economic struggles, as well as proper sexual education resources in the black community.