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Overcoming HIV/AIDS Among Black Americans

The HIV/AIDS epidemic has taken a greater toll on Black Americans than any other racial or ethnic group in the United States. It’s estimated that more than 450,000 Black Americans have been diagnosed with AIDS since the disease was first recognized, and more than 230,000 of them have died. On Feb. 7, 2011, the 11th annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, NIAID recognizes the terrible burden of HIV/AIDS on Black Americans.

“The magnitude of this tragedy cannot be understated,” said NIAID Director Anthony S. Fauci, M.D. “We in the health research community must do everything we can to understand and overcome the obstacles to HIV prevention and care in the Black community.”

To help fight HIV/AIDS among Black Americans, NIAID is conducting two studies to learn how to improve the delivery of HIV prevention services to hard-to-reach U.S. communities at high risk for HIV infection. One of these studies focuses on Black gay and bisexual men, and the other concentrates on inner-city women in impoverished, largely minority neighborhoods. In addition, NIAID and the D.C. Department of Health are leading the DC Partnership for AIDS Progress, which is taking multiple approaches to combat the HIV/AIDS epidemic in our nation’s capitol, a majority-Black city.

Learn more about NIAID’s HIV/AIDS research.

See NIH-supported HIV/AIDS clinical trials currently recruiting volunteers.

Last Updated February 04, 2011

Last Reviewed February 02, 2011