The University of Texas Prevention Research Center

Prevention in Action – HIV in the Black Community

February 19, 2013

In This Issue:

Webinar Series Looks at Current Approaches to HIV Prevention and Care

STD Testing Site Locator

Newly Updated HIV and Syphilis Posters Now Available

Promote Awareness and Action to Prevent the Spread of HIV in Black Communities

Get educated. Get involved. Get tested. Get treated.

That’s the message public health advocates are sending to raise awareness and promote action to stop the rise of HIV infection in African-Americans. Research shows that blacks are more affected by HIV than other racial/ethnic groups.

During the month of February, National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day brings together communities across the country to fight HIV and lessen its impact on the black community.

Blacks are disproportionately affected by HIV. In 2010, black men represented roughly 70% of new HIV infections among all black adults and youth. For black women, the rate of new HIV infections is 20 times higher than for white women and five times higher than for Hispanic women.

Young people are also more often the victims of HIV. Nearly half of all new sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) occur in people under age 25. Black teens ages 15-19 account for about 70% of new HIV infections in comparison to other youth.

Research shows that African-Americans do not engage in riskier behaviors in comparison to other racial/ethnic groups; however, there are several reasons that may explain the higher risk of infection in this group:

  • The existing high population of people living with HIV increases the likelihood of transmission.
  • Having an STD increases the risk of getting HIV.
  • Living in low socioeconomic areas or having limited access to health care can lead to an increased risk.

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Health and Development Program at Northwestern University outlines some common myths about condoms and STD testing while also directing users to interactive websites, resources and research.

You can help turn this epidemic around by promoting awareness and prevent HIV/AIDS transmission by discussing how HIV is transmitted and promoting consistent STD testing and contraceptive use. Visit these websites for more information: 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: HIV Among African-Americans

National Resource Center for HIV/AIDS Prevention Among Adolescents

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: HIV/AIDS Programs

Black AIDS Institute 

Rap-It-Up

Advocates for Youth: HIV

National Minority AIDS Council

 

Webinar Series Focuses on Current Approaches to HIV Prevention and Careseattle

Multiple Dates: March 6, 11, 20, 27
Registration Required

This four-part series of free webinars by the Northwest Training Center Collaboration provides detailed information and resources regarding HIV prevention, treatment, working in substance abuse centers and providing culturally sensitive care. 

Register here.

 

STD Testing Site Locator

This service provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention allows users to search by zip code for the nearest STD and HIV testing centers. Users can also find sites that provide HPV and hepatitis vaccinations. 

Read more.

 

Tools You Can Use

Newly Updated HIV and Syphilis Posters Now Available

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) recently updated their free educational handouts. These handouts, brochures and posters are available for download or bulk order.

 

Research Spotlight

Self-Efficacy and Open Communication Predicts Condom Use Among Black Youth

A recent study of high-risk black youth and young adults found that several factors predict consistent condom use, including reported self-efficacy levels, regarding condom negotiation and having open communication with sex partners.

Read more.

Source: Crosby, R.A., DiClemente R.J., Salazar, L.F., Wingood, G.M., McDermott-Sales, J., Young, A.M., Rose, E. (2011). Predictors of Consistent Condom Use Among Young African-American Women. AIDS and Behavior.

 

Funding Opportunity 

Promoting Teen Health through School-Based HIV/STD Prevention and Surveillance

Funding Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Application Deadline: April 26, 2013

This grant aims to reduce HIV/STD infection among adolescents, reduce health disparities among teen sub-populations, and conduct school-based surveillance by building capacity among schools and districts. Grantees are expected to address teen pregnancy and HIV/STD infection by promoting intervention activities. 

Apply here.

 

Prevention in Action highlights current research activities and events at The University of Texas Prevention Research Center and features resources and national news devoted to adolescent health.

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