Augusta, GA – February is Black History Month, so each Saturday of this month we are going to focus on an illness or an issue that affects African-Americans.
Sunday, February 7 is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.
Dr. David Haburchak, Professor of Medicine at Augusta University joined us to talk about HIV/AIDS.
The Centers for Disease Control reports that, in 2014, 44 percent of estimated new HIV diagnosis in the U.S. were African Americans. 73 percent of African Americans diagnosed with HIV in 2014 were men and 26 percent were woman. 57 percent of African Americans diagnosed in 2014 were gay or bisexual men. Of those gay and bisexual men, 39 percent were between the ages of 13 to 24.
Here are the numbers:
There were a total of 74 newly diagnosed cases of HIV and Syphilis in the CSRA last year. Of those, 38 HIV diagnoses were black men and 16 were black women compared to 18 white men and 2 white women. There were a total of 17 Syphilis diagnosis. HIV diagnosis were highest in zip codes 30901 (8), 30904 (8) and 30909 (5).
Testing is key. There will be free HIV testing on Saturday, February 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Walgreens on Peach Orchard Road.