Latest news reported that black Americans receive less medication against HIV than white citizens.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the US declared that African American people with the HIV virus are given less treatment and care than white individuals.
It was established that since 2005, the HIV diagnoses rate decreased by 19 percent in the United States. Among African American women the infection rate has minimized in the last period. However, black communities are still facing racial prejudice.
38 percent of black individuals were positively diagnosed with HIV. In spite of this, in 2014 only 12 percent of the black population was given medical care.
On the contrary, between 2011 and 2013 the ongoing medication against HIV was received by 50 percent of the white citizens with HIV.
African American women infected with the virus had a higher rate of medical care. For them, the figure was around 44 percent, while black men who received medical care only rose to 35 percent.
The head of the CDC’s Department of HIV/AIDS Prevention, Eugene McCray said that the CDC has been trying for many years to fight against racial discrimination in black communities.
The safest way to help individuals with HIV is by giving them continuous care in order to prevent other new infections. According to the CDC, HIV is often spread by people who don’t receive proper treatment. Moreover, individuals who are unaware of their infections are also a cause for the virus’ propagation.
McCray stated that their focus is to give an early diagnosis to people who live in the US. He also added that it’s the CDC’s duty to provide patients with consistent care so as to improve their life quality. According to the CDC, the US is making huge efforts in order to bring the disease under control. Their plan is to implement effective HIV prevention strategies, especially for black communities.
In addition, the department announced that State health agencies will receive extra funds in order to extend prevention plans as well treatment for black citizens. They also added that will focus more on gay, bisexual and transgender individuals who are often being disgraced.
The fact that black Americans receive less medication against HIV than white citizens means that racial divergences are a problem that will need even more time to be resolved.
Photo Credits: Wikimedia