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CBC Health Braintrust Chair Dr. Robin Kelly Statement on 35th Anniversary of HIV/AIDS in America

June 13, 2016
Press Release

U.S. Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-IL), chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust, today issued the following statement on the 35th Anniversary of the release of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report on the first documented cases of HIV/AIDS in America.

Thirty-five years after the first known cases of HIV/AIDS, we have made much progress in the fight against the disease. Yet we cannot be complacent as HIV/AIDS continues to disproportionately impact the African American community.  African Americans are infected with HIV at a rate 8 times that of white Americans.  And at some point in their lifetimes, an estimated 1 in 16 African American men and 1 in 32 African American women will be diagnosed with HIV.  A recent CDC study found that 1 in 2 Black gay and bisexual men are likely to be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime.

As Chair of the CBC Health Braintrust, I am committed to bolstering efforts to reduce HIV/AIDS rates in the Black community by working to strengthen HIV/AIDS legislation and grant funding and promoting comprehensive and culturally competent wraparound care and support services for people living with HIV/AIDS.”