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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. laurencin@virginia.edu


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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