AIDS Prevention in Racial Minorities
The rising infection of minorities within the United States, and preventive measures that must be implemented.
A discussion of the shift in HIV demographics from the gay population to the racial minorities, and an explanation of the factors influencing this shift, including poverty, racism, gender inequalities, inadequate health care and education and misperceptions about AIDS. Also, a discussion of the preventive measures and programs that are needed to curb this epidemic.
“Although the spread of HIV seems to be relentless worldwide, and the virus that causes AIDS now affects men, women and children of every age and ethnic group, concern has been expressed that in this country, certain groups may not be receiving adequate health care due to cultural barriers. Now, rapid increases in HIV infection are showing up among minorities, specifically in the African American and the Hispanic communities. Nearly 55 percent of people recently diagnosed with AIDS are African American, and 30 percent are Hispanic. The response to this shift in HIV demographics requires strong involvement and leadership from all segments of the communities infected, including churches, community organizations, schools, health departments, government and private organizations. Numerous agencies are actively trying to curb the spread of HIV among minorities, and given the lack of monetary resources among ethnic groups, their programs remain the most important methods of prevention among communities of color in the United States and must continue to promote prevention, research and, most importantly, education.”