Based on 2010 data, this CDC fact sheet outlines the impact of HIV on African Americans as a percent of new infections broken down by race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender. According to the CDC, African Americans accounted for an estimated 44% of all new HIV infections among adults and adolescents (aged 13 years or older), despite representing only 12% of the U.S. population, a rate 8 times that of whites overall. The fact sheet also presents brief summaries of prevention challenges in the African American community and steps the CDC is taking to advance the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy and to maximize the effectiveness of current HIV prevention methods.
The Center for HIV Law and Policy challenges barriers to the rights and health of people affected by HIV through legal advocacy, high-impact policy initiatives, and creation of cross-issue partnerships, networks, and resources. We support movement building that amplifies the power of individuals and communities to mobilize for change that is rooted in racial, gender, and economic justice.