“Women Are Starting To Take Control:” CDC Reports Fewer New Cases Of HIV In Black Women

December 19, 2012  |  
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From The Grio

The number of black women newly infected with HIV in 2010 is 21 percent lower than it was in 2008, according to data released today from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“The data suggests that [black] women are starting to take control,” says Dr. Kevin Fenton, director of CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS. “They are realizing that this is a threat to their families and their lives.”

There is no clear cause and effect, Fenton says, and a variety of reasons could explain this recent decline. However, over the last five years, the CDC says it’s increased its HIV prevention efforts in the black community, including partnering with organizations to increase HIV testing and treatment.

“And we’re seeing that women are engaging the health care system more and taking up some of those prevention messages,” Fenton says.

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