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March 1, 2010

HIV Poses a Community Risk for Blacks

"HIV prevalence among US blacks is so significant that focusing on high-risk groups within the community leaves the majority unaware of their risk, warned a report presented at the recent 17th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections. African Americans account for 12 percent of the population but half of US HIV cases. 'Part of our challenge is that a lot of the black community has not perceived itself to be at risk based upon the evolution of how we understood risk of HIV in the United States,' said Dr. Kimberly Smith of Chicago’s Rush University Medical Center. 'If we start to focus on this as a community challenge rather than focusing on individual risks, then that may move us in the right direction.'"

Read more in CDCNPIN, February 19, 2010.