Much like COVID-19, the HIV/AIDS epidemic has disproportionately impacted the Black community since it first began. While the mortality rate for HIV has dropped significantly after its peak in 1995, over 18,000 Dallasites still live with HIV, and Black Dallasites continue to be diagnosed at higher rates.
The CDC estimates 1 in 7 people living with HIV don’t know they have it. This rate is likely higher within the Black community, which accounts for a disproportionate rate of diagnoses. In Dallas, Black people account for over 40% of the HIV positive population. The rate of Black men with HIV is more than twice that of white men while the rate of Black women with HIV is more than 10 times that of White women.
Marsha Jones, co-founder and CEO of The Afiya Center, has worked for many years to address this disparity. “Seeing the impact on the Black gay and
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