African Americans With Hiv ( Hiv )

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African Americans with HIV
HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is viral infection that weakens the immune system of the body and eventually causes AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) the last stage of the disease where a person can die. The virus has plagued the African American communities and continues to disproportionately impact the black race more than any other racial or ethnical group.
The brunt of the impact of HIV has taken over the African American population due to complex set of social, individual and environmental factors. The spread of the disease is the number one cause of death in African Americans, both male and female. It is alarming and at the same time devastating for the African people throughout the world not able to organize and work together to combat the reality of HIV that is invading the black communities. With this alarming epidemic, this paper will identify the internal and external risk factors or challenges affecting the prevention/intervention that has been developed for the African Americans with HIV.
African Americans make up 12% of the United States population. Yet, as a group, they are 50% living with HIV. They are the number one group that are affected by this life taking disease and the number one cause of death for HIV/AIDS. Blacks have the most severe burden in disparity to other racial or ethnic groups. According to the author, a study in 2006, 45 percent of new HIV infection were found in Blacks. For women, Black women, the…
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