Overall, the CDC projected that one in 64 men and one in 227 women in the United States will be diagnosed with HIV at current rates. For black and Hispanic people, however, that risk increases dramatically. Regardless of sexual orientation:
- 1 in 20 Black men
- 1 in 48 Black women
- 1 in 48 Hispanic men
- 1 in 227 Hispanic women
Risk in Black communities is especially high, the CDC notes, because African-Americans tend to choose partners of the same race, which means they are having sex with the population at highest risk.
The CDC’s recommendations to correct this emphasize HIV testing, condom use, treatment for those who are already diagnosed, and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) — a daily medication that has been shown to reduce risk by more than 90% when used correctly.
What makes these numbers especially alarming from Positively Waiting!’s perspective is that the CA Education code prohibits health educators from even suggesting that certain lifestyle choices (specifically multiple partner lifestyles) have INCREASED HEALTH RISKS. This strategy makes policy-makers feel better, but increases vulnerability of ethnic populations and future generations.
Every person should be taught (repeatedly) that multiple sexual partners is the determining factor for whether a person will become infected with HIV or any of the other 30+ STDs, regardless of race, ethnicity or economic status.