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J Natl Med Assoc. 2008 Jan;100(1):35-43.

HIV/AIDS and the African-American community: a state of emergency.

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  • 1Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22903, USA.


HIV and AIDS disproportionately affect African Americans more than any other racial or ethnic group in the United States. Representing only 13% of the U.S. population, African-American adults and adolescents comprise more than half of all HIV/AIDS cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The present incidence and prevalence of HIV/AIDS in the black community in the United States is of crisis proportions. The situation as it stands today is tantamount to a state of emergency for African Americans.

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