Prevent Black people from getting tested and accessing HIV prevention and care services.
African Americans continue to be disproportionately affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Blacks/African Americans account for a higher proportion of new HIV diagnoses, those living with HIV, and those ever diagnosed with AIDS, compared to other races/ethnicities. In 2018, Blacks/African Americans accounted for 13% of the US population but 42% of the 37,832 new HIV diagnoses in the United States and dependent areas. Among all women with HIV diagnosed in 2018, 57% were African American, 21% were White, and 18% were Hispanic/Latina.
According to the Indiana State Department of Health, by the end of 2017, a total of 12,635 persons were living with HIV/AIDS in Indiana. Most people living with HIV/AIDS in Indiana are concentrated in the urban areas of the state, however rural areas are also affected. The majority live in Central Indiana and the Indianapolis Metropolitan area. In 2017, the breakdown by race/ethnicity for those newly diagnosed with HIV/AIDS were: Black – 46.6%, White – 37.7%, Hispanic – 13.8%, Other – 4.9%.
We endeavor to advocate for the respect and dignity of all persons living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.