InBlacks had the highest age-adjusted HIV death rate per— 7. While male-to-male sexual contact accounts for the largest share of HIV cases among both Blacks and whites, fewer Blacks are infected this way and heterosexual sex plays a bigger role among Blacks compared with whites.
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The remainder of HIV diagnoses in each group were attributable to other causes, including injection drug use. HIV transmission patterns among Black men vary from those of white men as well. Although both groups are most likely to have been infected through sex with other men, white men are more likely to have been infected this way.
Heterosexual transmission accounts for a greater share of new diagnoses among Black men than white men. Black women are most likely to have been infected through heterosexual transmission, the most common transmission route for women overall.
Black women are less likely to have been infected through injection drug use than white women. Florida and New York top the list. In addition, the District of Columbia had the highest rate of Blacks living with an HIV diagnosis at the end of 4, Estimates for are preliminary and are not included in trend calculations.African American women are almost 18 times as likely to die from HIV/AIDS as non-Hispanic white women.
In , African Americans were times more likely to be diagnosed with HIV infection, as compared to the white population. Between and , HIV diagnoses fell by 8% among African Americans/black people overall, except for among African American/black men who have sex with men aged (see ‘men who have sex with men’ section above).
This information sheet discusses HIV/AIDS among African American youth in the United States. It explains that African American youth are severely affected by HIV.
About 57 percent of new infections are among 13 to year-old African American youths. The rate of infection among young black men is higher than that for any other race/ethnicity, and three quarters of the new infections are among.
among African Americans with diagnosed HIV, less than half (49 percent in ) have achieved viral suppression (that is, the virus is under control at a level that helps them stay healthy and reduces the risk of .
After years of sharp increases, diagnoses among young African American gay and bisexual men (aged ) stayed about the same. Heterosexuals and people who inject drugs also continue to be affected by HIV. Although African Americans make up only about 13 percent of the population of the United States, almost half of those living with HIV or AIDS are African American.
Racial disparities are especially pronounced among young people.