African Americans continue to experience the greatest burden of HIV compared to other races and ethnicities in the United States. In 2017, Blacks/African Americans accounted for 13% of the U.S. population but 43% (16,694) of the 38,739 new HIV diagnoses in the United States and dependent areas. Black/African American gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men are more affected by HIV than any other group in the United States. That same year – 2017 – Black/African American gay and bisexual men accounted for 26% (10,070) of the 38,739 new HIV diagnoses nationwide.
These and other facts are highlighted in updated CDC factsheets published recently:
These statistics underscore the importance of the HIV prevention, testing, and treatment tools now available. These include treatment as prevention and PrEP, both of which feature in the proposed Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America.