The Rising AIDS Epidemic amongst African American Females
By Shameka L. Weathersby
Department of Sociology
Our country is faced with so many challenges wars, financial meltdown, and the growing threat of the AIDS epidemic. More than 56,000 people in this country contract HIV every year. AIDS was once thought to be a white epidemic that accounted for a high percentage around the 1980’s until the late 1990’s. Today it is worst among African Americans who represent nearly half of all new HIV infections, including two-thirds of the new cases among women and 70 percent of the new cases among adolescents. In researching African American accounted for ...view middle of the document...
Most infected persons eventually progress from a state of good health to severe disease (CDC, 1986)
Since the immune system is a network of cells, organs and proteins that work together to defend and protect the body from potentially harmful, infectious microorganisms such s bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi. Human’s immune system also plays a critical role in preventing the development and spread of many types of cancer. AIDS is the missing factor of the immune system. This virus can live in the body undetected for months or years before any sign of illness appears. The virus is spread by sexual contact, needle sharing, or less commonly through blood or blood products or organ donation. The most prominent of highly commonly way is through sexual contact. American females have become of a significant high because of many factors. Undiagnosed and untreated STDs are the most common factor. It has become knowledgeable that HIV infections have been the dominate factor in African American women and their relationships with men that have been infected through sexual contact.
Why has the epidemic of AIDS risen in the African American women? The AIDS virus has affected African Americans more than any other racial or ethnic group in the United States. Representing only 13% of the U.S. population, African-American adults and adolescents comprise more than half of all HIV/AIDS cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For African Americans this situation is as a state of emergency as it stands today.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention started examining the size and depth of this epidemic. The center started using new technology that would allow researchers to learn more details about an individual with HIV in 2003. Some of the findings are:
a. Men who have sex with men accounted for 53 percent of all new infections.
b. Black gay and bisexual men between the ages of 13 and 29 accounted for more new HIV infections among gay and bisexual men than any other race or age group.
c. 426 African Americans died from AIDS
Throughout the centuries, when a new disease spread in one community, it took many months, years, or even decades to spread around the world. This disease has become so intense that many have said that this is a fabricated disease. There is absolutely no evidence that HIV was fabricated. AIDS, in short, is a sickness at very heart of the American family. Like any family, America must respond to the sickness in its midst by displaying both solidarity with those who are living with HIV and a determination to make sure no one else gets infected.
But 2008 brought shocking news of the danger we face, too. AIDS epidemic is 40 percent larger than we have long believed. Even more troubling, the CDC learned, the epidemic is growing at a faster pace than we have understood. Black Americans are vastly overrepresented among the new infections in every...