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The State of Healthcare Access in Black America

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The national health care debate that has unfolded in Washington D.C. has generated anxiety from one end of America to the other. Thus far, efforts to repeal and/or replace the Affordable Care Act have foundered on Capitol Hill, and Senate and House leaders have moved on to the other issues. But the threat to the …

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What’s PrEP Got To Do With It – Updated 2017

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What's PrEP Got To Do With It - 2017 report cover

Updated in 2017, this report focuses on what Black communities need to know about pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and other new biomedical HIV prevention tools. Many scientists, doctors and advocates believe that the scientific tools needed to end the AIDS epidemic already exist. Download PDF  

Black Lives Matter: What’s PrEP Got to do with it?

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The report focuses on what Black communities need to know about pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and other new biomedical HIV prevention tools. Many scientists, doctors and advocates believe that the scientific tools needed to end the AIDS epidemic already exist. Unfortunately, as the persistently unacceptable high rates of new HIV infections underscore, these tools are not …

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When We Know Better, We Do Better

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“So many loved friends are dead because of AIDS. My mind just runs over the list which seems to be unending.” —Maya Angelou We have the tools to end the epidemic in America. The scientific evidence is now clear. Or is it? This study by the Black AIDS Institute in partnership with Janssen Therapeutics, the Latino …

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The NIA Plan

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In 1998, the Congressional Black Caucus asked the Secretary of Health and Human Services to call a “State of Emergency” regarding AIDS in African American communities. In response to that “State of Emergency,” dozens of African American AIDS activists, educators, and health professionals have joined forces with other African American leaders and institutions to develop …

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Reclaiming Our Future

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When we think of the multiple challenges African American youth face, many of our minds rightly turn to mass incarceration, failing public school systems and an economy without living wage jobs. Clearly, our community’s young people are disproportionately affected by these and other social ills. Together, they dim our children’s horizons, limit their opportunities and, …

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The Time Is Now!

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Since opening its doors in 1999, the Black AIDS Institute has led several projects and campaigns designed to raise awareness of HIV’s differential impact on African American communities. We have enjoyed tremendous success, as one leading Black institution after another has signed up to help individuals understand that this epidemic is ripping our neighborhoods apart. …

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Getting Real

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Here’s the vastly underreported good news about HIV and AIDS among African American women: In June 2005, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported a six percent drop in infection rates among Black women between the years 2000 and 2003. Later, in November, the CDC reported a five percent drop in infection rates …

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The Way Forward

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Black America has suffered tremendous losses in the last year. With the passing of Delores Tucker, Rosa Parks, and now Coretta Scott King, the ranks of brave leaders who stepped forward during the heady days of the late fifties and early sixties have become desperately thin. As we nurture and develop the next generation of …

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AIDS in Blackface

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In the pages of this report, you will read the testimonies of 25 African Americans who have found ways both large and small to change the course of the epidemic. The AIDS epidemic has a shocking birthday this year. It was 25 years ago today—June 5, 2006, the date we release this report—that Dr. Michael …

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We’re the Ones

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In this report, our third annual update on the State of AIDS in Black America, we lay out both the highs and the lows of our national and our communal response to the face of AIDS. We’ve attempted to paint an honest picture of what AIDS in Black America is like today—the good, the bad …

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Left Behind

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Left Behind is the latest in a series of reports on the state of AIDS in Black America by the Black AIDS Institute. In fact, the domestic AIDS epidemic in the U.S. is much more serious than previously believed. According to analyses of epidemiological data by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the annual …

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Saving Ourselves

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The 2008 edition of the Black AIDS Institute’s State of AIDS in Black America series charts a remarkable level of new commitments from traditional Black organizations in the fight against AIDS. Blacks account for half of the estimated 1.2 million HIV-positive Americans and, given that stunning fact, our community clearly has much work to do. …

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Passing the Test

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AIDS is no longer a new problem. But it remains one of the greatest health problems in Black America. Although treatment breakthroughs over the last decade and a half have dramatically lowered AIDS deaths for the U.S. as a whole, Black Americans are often not reaping the benefits of these medical advances. An HIV-positive Black …

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Making Change Real

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The 2009 edition of the Black AIDS Institute’s annual State of AIDS in Black America report lays out both the promise and the peril of the unique moment at which we’ve arrived in this epidemic. On one hand, the historic election of Barack Obama and a congressional majority that has been more supportive of the …

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At the Crossroads

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With the AIDS epidemic approaching the end of its third decade, the last year witnessed important developments on the national AIDS response and in efforts to address the epidemic in Black America. This report notes the highlights of what proved to be an eventful year, placing particular emphasis on the key challenges that remain for …

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Right Here, Right Now

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Even before the conference began, we learned about new breakthroughs that might help in the development of an HIV/AIDS vaccine. Researchers identified three antibodies that when combined provide protection against 99 percent of strands of the virus, and the primary antibody was found in a Black man. A few days before the conference opened, President …

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Deciding Moment

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Deciding Moment is the latest annual update on the State of AIDS in Black America. We at the Institute hope you, too, find inspiration in revisiting the enormous advances we experienced in 2010. The year 2011 represents a landmark in the AIDS epidemic. It marks 30 years since initial recognition of the disease, and 15 …

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AIDS: 30 Years Is Enuf!

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AIDS: 30 Years Is Enuf! The History of the AIDS Epidemic in Black America by the Black AIDS Institute marks the 30th anniversary of the first official report on the emergence of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Over three decades, AIDS has radically altered our world, reshaping entire regions of the world, changing people’s relationship with their …

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Exit Strategy

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After more than 30 years of struggle against the most serious health challenge of our time, we now have the means to end the AIDS epidemic once and for all. Research results released in 2011 found that early antiretroviral therapy reduces by 96 percent the risk of HIV transmission within couples where one partner is …

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Back of the Line

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Although Black gay men have been disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS since the epidemic first appeared in the early 1980s, the country has yet to mount a meaningful response to this crisis. Representing a mere 1 in 500 people living in the U.S., Black gay men account for nearly 1 in 4 new HIV infections. And …

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Light at the End of the Tunnel

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The evidence on AIDS has never been more compelling or more exciting. As a result of research breakthroughs, including proof that antiretroviral therapy reduces the risk of HIV transmission by 96%, we now have the tools to lay the foundation for the end of the epidemic. In the quest to end AIDS, no group has …

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