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February 7 is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. The estimated HIV prevalence and incidence rates for black men and women were higher than those for any other racial/ethnic population. To address these racial disparities in the prevalence and incidence of HIV infection, CDC conducts research and supports programs for HIV prevention among blacks in the US.
Please note: An erratum has been published for this issue. To view the erratum, please click here. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Weekly / Vol. 59 / No. 4 February 5, 2010 Racial/Ethnic Disparities Among National Black HIV/AIDS Children with Diagnoses of Awareness Day — February 7, 2010 Perinatal HIV Infection — February 7 is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness 34 States, 2004–2007 Day. Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection disproportionately affects blacks living in the United States. Early in the epidemic of human immunodeficiency virus/ In 2006, blacks made up 12% of the population aged >13 acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) in the years but accounted for 46% of the number of persons United States, racial/ethnic disparities were observed in the diag- estimated to be living with HIV (1). Both the estimated noses of AIDS among adults and children (1). Since the early HIV prevalence and incidence rates for black men and 1990s, the annual number of diagnoses of perinatally acquired women were higher than those for any other racial/ethnic AIDS and HIV infection has declined by approximately 90% population (1,2). Among black males, male-to-male sexual in the United States as a result of routine HIV screening of contact accounted for 63% of new infections; among black pregnant women and the availability of effective interventions females, high-risk heterosexual contact accounted for 83% to prevent transmission (2,3). To characterize the most recent of new infections (3). trends in diagnoses of perinatal HIV infection by race/ethnicity, To address these racial disparities in the prevalence and CDC analyzed national HIV surveillance data for the period incidence of HIV infection, CDC conducts research and 2004–2007 from 34 states. This report summarizes the results supports programs for HIV prevention among blacks in the of those analyses, which indicated that, during 2004–2007, United States. These efforts include increasing HIV testing 85% of diagnoses of
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