Essay on Hiv Is A Human Immunodeficiency Virus

854 Words Dec 1st, 2016 4 Pages
HIV is a human immunodeficiency virus that weakens the Immune system by making it impossible to fight of the virus. There is no known cure for HIV/AIDs but there are medications available so, with proper treatment it can be controlled. HIV affect all races but Africans/ Americans are the racial group that is most affected by HIV/AIDs. Most the new diagnosis occurred within the African/American community and gay/bisexual African men are even more affected by it.
According to the CDC, African Americans made up just 12% of the US population but in 2014, 44% of the 19,540 new HIV diagnosis was within the African Americans community. 73% of these new cases were found in African Americans male and 26% in the females. HIV is also affecting young African American adults. between 2005 and 2014, it is estimated that new HIV diagnoses in young African American adults age 13-24 increased by 87%. If the rate of HIV in African Americans cotinine to increase, about one in 20 black men will be infected with HIV (2016).
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, since the HIV epidemic, about 698,219 people has died from this disease (2016). The amount of Africans Americans dying from HIV has decreased by 18% but the number is still high. In 2012 8,165 African Americans died from HIV and in 2013 the was 3,742 deaths which accounted for 54% of HIV death in the United States (CDC 2016).
HIV care and treatment can be very expensive. According to the CDC, the average lifetime treatment cost…

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