The CDC is reporting that HIV and AIDS infection has increased in large numbers within the African-America female population. They are estimating that 1 in 30 will be diagnosed with the disease.
According to a report by WXIA 11Alive, "studies show black women are NO more likely than women of other races to engage in risky behaviors. (Yet), black women make up 60 percent of all new HIV cases."
So why are black women contracting the disease at such a higher rate?
Data collected in 2009 from the health departments in Clayton, Fulton, DeKalb, Cobb, Douglas and Gwinnett counties indicates infection rates of HIV and AIDS, respectively, as follows: (This is for women and men combined, all races.)
Fulton: 4,213 and 7,342
DeKalb: 3,257 and 3,983
Clayton: 847 and 943
Cobb and Douglas: 1,030 and 1,288
Gwinnett: 884 and 1,041
Cascade Patch plans to visit our local HIV Testing sites to hear what we can and should be doing locally to help stop the spead of this deadly disease. Stay tuned.