Today is World Aids Day, which is a day of remembrance to those who have lost their lives to AID & HIV, and you know that earlier this year we did our annual Hip Hop for HIV concert, so we are taking this time to remind you that you need to get tested and use protection when you are having sex, especially if you are a female!
There are an estimated 20-thousand people living with AIDS in Dallas. Among all women in the United States living with HIV/AIDS, 64 percent are African-American. In fact, the rate of AIDS diagnosis for African-American women nationwide is 22 times the rate for white women. In places like Washington, D. C., HIV and AIDS among African- American women rivals that of Nigeria.
According to the CDC, the United States has the highest rate of teenage infection in the developed world. Every hour, two Americans between the ages of 13 and 24 contract HIV. AIDS is generally preventable through changes in behavior, increased use of safer-sex practices, testing, basic health care and other forms of prevention. Yet African American Women & teenagers aren’t changing their behaviors. They are still having unprotected sex.
The most recent estimate of the number of people living with HIV is 33 million worldwide. Every 9½ minutes, someone in the United States is newly infected with HIV.
For more information on where you can get tested go to http://www.aidsarms.org/