Updated: Feb 18, 2019
Many people first learned of the serious impact of HIV back in the late 80's early 90's. It became a hot topic after former NBA player, Magic Johnson, announced he was diagnosed with the virus. Shortly after, HIV and AIDS quickly became an epidemic taking the lives of millions.
Now more than 2 decades later, HIV treatments have evolved. HIV diagnoses have been on the declined, and people with virus have lived long quality lives. Magic Johnson even announced his cure from the virus. But, there still remains one area of the population which is a major concern: "Black Women."
According to the CDC, there are extreme racial disparities with black women now making up 61% of new HIV diagnoses. Although, there have been a number of reasons why this exists.....the number one reason is lack of access to proper healthcare.
Many black women spend a lot of time taking care of everyone else around them, making doctor appointments for others, cooking, cleaning, and being the backbone for their children and extended loved ones. By the time it's their turn to make their own doctor's appointment, they're tired or can't seem to find the time.
In these cases, prevention and access is key. Condoms and abstinence aren’t the only ways one can prevent HIV transmission. In 2012, the FDA approved the use of AIDS medication Truvada for Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). By taking one pill a day, PrEP can decrease your risk of acquiring HIV by a whopping 92 percent. The University of Rochester is currently studying PrEP and the disproportionately high rates involving HIV infection and black women.
For more information. education and help try reaching out to some of the resources below:
1.) Trillium Health
2.) McCree McCuller Wellness