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A Heightened national response to the HIV/AIDS crisis among African Americans
  • Published Date:
    March 2007
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  • Corporate Authors:
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.) ; National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention (U.S.) ;
  • Description:
    The HIV/AIDS epidemic among African Americans -- Devastating impact on multiple groups -- Complex factors influencing transmission -- -- CDC'S HIV prevention programs for African Americans -- -- Action strategies for a heightened national response -- Expanding the reach of prevention services -- Increasing opportunities for diagnosing and treating HIV -- Developing new, effective prevention interventions -- Mobilizing broader community action -- -- Moving forward -- -- References

    "HIV/AIDS is a threat to the health and well-being of many communities in the United States, but for African Americans, HIV/AIDS is a major health crisis. Local, state, and federal efforts to combat HIV among African Americans have been increased over time, and many African American leaders and organizations across the United States have committed themselves to reducing the impact of the disease in their communities. These efforts, nevertheless, have been unsuccessful at decreasing the persistently high rates of HIV infection among African Americans. A heightened national response, one that ignites focused, collaborative action among public health partners and community leaders, is vital at this time to reduce the toll of HIV/AIDS on African Americans. Such a heightened response must focus on 4 main areas: (1) expanding the reach of prevention services, (2) increasing opportunities for diagnosing and treating HIV, (3) developing new, effective prevention interventions, and (4) mobilizing broader community action. In this document, CDC has outlined the agency's plans to intensify its programs in these areas over the next three years. But, recognizing that these efforts alone are insufficient, CDC joins with African American leaders and their organizations, and the entire public health community to mobilize its resources in the same areas." -p. 1

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