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Task Force responds to new CDC data

Date: 
November 17, 2005

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National Gay and Lesbian Task Force responds to new CDC data: HIV continues to disproportionately impact African Americans and Latinos.

The Centers for Disease Control today released new national HIV surveillance data from 33 states for 2001 to 2004. The data show that HIV continues to disproportionately impact African Americans and Latinos. African Americans accounted for more than half of all HIV diagnoses from 2001-2004, a rate of diagnosis more than eight times higher than among whites. Latinos accounted for 18% of all HIV diagnoses from 2001-2004, and their rate of diagnoses in 2004 was more than three times higher than among whites. By risk category, men who have sex with men (MSM) of all races continued to account for the largest number of diagnoses from 2001 to 2004 — 44% of all HIV diagnoses, and 61% of diagnoses among men.

Statement by Matt Foreman, Executive Director National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

"The CDC data — like the aftermath of Katrina — underscore the profound racial injustices that continue to afflict our nation. No feeling person can be anything but appalled that African Americans are becoming infected with HIV at a rate eight times that of white people. No gay or bisexual person can think that HIV/AIDS is no longer a problem for our own community when nearly two-thirds of new infections among males are from men having sex with other men. Clearly, the Bush administration's de-funding, de-prioritizing, and de-gaying HIV prevention programs has been nothing short of a disaster and we call upon Congress to act immediately to begin to address this tragedy."

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