Woe, NewsOne for black America reports that African American Female HIV Rates Now Rival Africa

As we prepare to recognize National Women and Girls HIV Awareness Day, a new research study has served as a wake up call for a community that might have gone too far. The Center for Disease Control now estimates that 1 out of every 32 black women will be infected with HIV during her lifetime. Although black women represent only 14 percent of the US female population, they constitute 66 percent of all new HIV infections. The infection rates of black women in the United States rival those in the Congo and Kenya.After hearing about this alarming study and realizing that I have daughters that I have to protect, my mind starting racing. I thought about the things I’ve observed after countless conversations with other black men and interacting with black women in the dating pool. I also thought about what I’ve read and analyzed as a social commentator and scholar, thus coming to these conclusions:

1) We must take a serious look at the prison industrial complex: The war on drugs sent hundreds of thousands of black men to prison for long periods of time. This dramatic move was no less devastating to the black family ecosystem than removing an entire species from the animal kingdom. Women have fewer men to marry, the children of these men grow up without fathers, and men come out of prison without the ability to provide for a family. Additionally, the fact that we’ve decided to make prison rape into some kind of joke at cocktail parties means that many lives are lost when women are infected by the men for whom they’ve been waiting.

2) Too many black men don’t go to the doctor: A scholar reached out to me stating that he does research on heterosexual black men (not just the downlow brothers that Oprah likes to talk about). The researcher took a random test for Chlamydia at a local barbershop. During the test, it was determined that nearly half (45%) of these men were infected with the disease, and none of them knew they were infected. In a world where mass media encourages black men to have sex with anything that moves, it’s frightening that there are men who’ve literally slept with 5 or 10 women per year for the last several years and have never taken an HIV test.

3) Most of the women in the study didn’t know their own status or that of their partners: It was bad enough when many men began teaching each other to be irresponsible in their sexual choices. Things got worse when women started to behave like men. While we can continue scapegoating gay and heterosexual men for the problems with the spread of HIV, many of our so-called “good Christian black girls” are “gettin it in” in their own little sexual revolution. Not that sex is a bad thing, but many of these women have been led to believe that you can do whatever you want and are completely safe as long as you wear a condom. So, the next time you share your body with the guy who swoons you with smooth words and nice smile, remember that there may be hundreds of other women who’ve shared the same man.

4) Many African Americans are delaying or walking away from marriage: I am not here to thump a bible and promote the values of marriage, for we’ve all seen the tragedy and financial devastation that occurs during divorce. But the deterioration of the black family has occurred largely because many of us don’t know the first thing about what it takes to keep a marriage together. The answer does NOT lie in a damn Steve Harvey book (the last thing we need is for women to start thinking like men).

Without judging one way or the other, the fact remains that when people get married, they usually have sex with fewer partners than they did when they were single. So, the 30-something year old black woman who might have focused all of her energy on one man suddenly finds herself going through 2 or 3 guys per year and promptly ends up on the wrong end of an STD exam. It happens regularly, but this quiet epidemic is hardly something that any of these women would advertise on the six o’clock news.

Life would be a lot simpler if every 25-year old black woman was assigned a 42 -year old mentor who could be honest about the consequences of her sexual choices. Unfortunately, sex is like going to the bathroom: Everyone does it, but no one talks about it. We then end up repeating the mistakes of our predecessors.

5) We seem to forget that there are STDs other than HIV: While everyone loves to focus on the deadliest and most highly publicized sexually transmitted disease, HIV, we often forget that there is an equally-alarming rise in the percentage of black folks being diagnosed with Herpes, Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, HPV and Syphilis. So, checking your partner’s HIV status, quite frankly, isn’t enough. The sexually promiscuous person who brags about his/her negative HIV test may be carrying other “goodies” that can be yours for just one drunken night in the sack.

The fact is that sex in America has become dangerous and serious. While getting tested, checking your partner’s status and protecting yourself are incredibly important, this may not be enough. Instead, we must reconsider the systemic, cultural and personal factors that keep us from building sustainable families. We must also think about how these factors encourage us to engage in risky behavior (yes, black men and women are influenced by hip hop artists who brag about having sex with hundreds of women at the same time). There is no such thing as 100% safe sex, so perhaps the old fashioned idea of respecting your body might apply from here on out. Either way, something needs to change, and following the crowd is a great way to end up dead.

Dr. Boyce Watkins is a Professor at Syracuse University and founder of the Your Black World Coalition.

Jsais: It’s official, I’m practicing celibacy……for-real!



Jsais: This show was broadcasted in 2004; the AIDs rates among black women have more than tripled since the showed aired. How is it that we have not gotten the picture? This has been an epidemic for more than 20 years. It’s time for us to wake up, time to be conscious about what’s going on in our community. We have no one to blame but ourselves, the information is out there. We can’t afford to live in our bubbles of denial. Shees, at the very least health care cost toO damn much! Magic Johnson is not the face of AIDs, he is the exception. Please don’t let this disease do what 246 years of slavery could not……..destroy us!

The Body website presents “White Women and HIV”

The Hidden Epidemic: White Women and HIV

By Terri L. Wilder, M.S.W.
From AIDS Survival Project

September 2001

“People see me — I’m blonde, I live at the beach, I’m the girl next door — and when we go into schools, you should see their faces change when I tell them I’m HIV positive. That’s why my AIDS education work is so important — they’ll remember me in the future.”
— Laura Roberts

After I finished reading Karin Timour’s article “White Women and HIV,” I was amazed at how little “we” (read: HIV prevention educators, AIDS service organizations and society at large) think about white women in relation to HIV. When I say white women and HIV, I mean testing, statistics, diagnosis, prevention information or even the fact that white women would even be considered at risk.

Do you know that I have never been offered an HIV test? Any time I had a test it was because I asked for it. Why is that? I am a white, college-educated, working professional and no one seems to think that I could be at risk. I think it is because “we” still buy into “risk groups” despite our efforts to get rid of that term.

How many times have you read a report that mentioned the percentage of white women diagnosed with HIV or AIDS? My experience is that it is a rare occasion at best.

AdvertisementFor example, I just finished pulling up the May 2001 NIH Fact Sheet labeled “HIV Infection in Women” and it does not even mention white or Caucasian women. If I had read that report and had no clue about HIV, I would think that only African American and Latino women got HIV. We must start including all the statistics even if they are low in number. White women need to hear that there are white women who are living with HIV/AIDS or they will never understand the possibility.

I question dividing our prevention messages into individual campaigns. Aren’t we all at risk? Shouldn’t the posters and brochures come out at the same time with all races equally represented instead of this patchwork of racial representation coming out one by one?

My friend Kellie is a white woman with three children and educated as a Licensed Practical Nurse. She was diagnosed with HIV in October 2000. Kellie was tested for HIV in 1988, 1989, and 1990 because she was pregnant and that was during the big push to get pregnant women tested. During the next ten years, no one offered her the test. She said, “I went to my family practitioner at least two times a year during that ten-year period and HIV was never even mentioned. In 1999, I was having ‘female’ surgery and asked for an HIV test, it came back negative. While separated from my husband at the end of 2000, I received a call from my county health department informing me they needed to come to my house and talk with me. During the home visit, they disclosed that my husband had tested HIV positive at a hospital in South Carolina. I got tested, and the results came back that I too, was positive.”

Kellie re-connected with her family practitioner and disclosed her HIV status during an appointment. The response was “Are you sure?” and “How did you get infected?” Even after her conclusive test results, she still had experiences where people could not believe that she was HIV positive. She said, “It was almost as if society has been so accustomed to hearing about HIV in relation to the gay community or the IV-drug using community that no one was willing to believe that I could actually have this virus in my body.”

Even upon her entry into a local HIV clinic in Georgia, the intake representative stopped half way through the interview and said, “You know this is a clinic for people who have HIV and AIDS.” By this time, Kellie was so frustrated that she wanted to yell at the top of her lungs, “Oh my God, I must be at the wrong clinic.” But, she wasn’t.

Women Get HIV/AIDS! White Women Get HIV/AIDS!


Jsais: To those of you who are wondering why I’m going black girl AIDs crazy, let me start off by saying this; No I’m not HIV positive, and no I do not have the monster! Yes a sista does get it in, but because I’m single, I trust no one, condoms are must. I am happy to say that I’ve not had to insist that my partner wear a condom; because that’s the first thing he reaches for. Guess he doesn’t trust me either, and he shouldn’t. Trust no one when it comes to your life, no one! Anyway, I was scared to death after reading about the growing number of black women with HIV, the numbers are alarming. I realized the conversation has to be had!!
In an attempt to bring awareness and change in our community regarding this epidemic, I’ve decided to make as many people aware about this problem as I can. I hope it scares the hell out of you. Scare you enough to protect yourself, to get tested, and to insist that your partners do the same. No more pity parties, no more woe is me… time to take responsibility for our actions, time to make conscious decisions when it comes to our sex life. …When its’ all said and done, we will when this fight!!


CBS presents “Out of Control AIDs in Black America”


This show was broadcasted in 2004; the AIDs rates among black women have more than tripled since the showed aired. How is it that we have not gotten the picture? This has been an epidemic for more than 20 years. It’s time for us to wake up, time to be conscious about what’s going on in our community. We have no one to blame but ourselves, the information is out there. We can’t afford to live in our bubbles of denial. Shees, at the very least health care cost toO damn much! Magic Johnson is not the face of AIDs, he is the exception. Please don’t let this disease do what 246 years of slavery could not……..destroy us!

Top 25 cities in the United States with the Highest HIV Rates in 2011.

According to a MediaTakeOut.com survey, here is the list of the Top 25 cities in the U.S. with the Highest HIV rates…….
1.Miami, FL 37.2 64,573
2 Baton Rouge, LA 30.6 4,565
3 Jacksonville, FL 29.1 7,292
4 New York, NY-NJ-PA 27 223,508
5 Washington, DC-VA-MD-WV 26.6 37,916
6 Columbia, SC 23.5 3,949
7 Memphis, TN-MS-AR 23.3 6,018
8 Orlando, FL 23.3 10,457
9 New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 23 9,941
10 Baltimore-Towson, MD 22.8 23,875
11 Jackson, MS 22.2 2,881
12 San Juan-Caguas-Guaynabo, PR 20 24,126
13 Lakeland, FL 18.9 2,210
14 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 18.7 27,313

15 San Francisco, CA 18.3 44,422
16 Tampa-St Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 17.4 13,135
17 San Antonio, TX 12.3 5,892 San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 16 14,723
18 Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord, NC-SC 15.7 4,123
19 Houston-Baytown-Sugar Land, TX 15.1 29,556
20 Charleston-North Charleston, SC 14.4 2,423
21 Raleigh-Cary, NC 14.3 2,632

22 Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro, TN 13.7 4,570
23 Fresno, CA 13.5 1,829
24 Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 13.2 2,034
25 Columbus, OH 12.9 3,966

Still think it can’t happen to you?
Make him put a cap on, because it’s doing more than raining our here!

AIDs and marriage

JSAIS: In my opinion, I know we all have one,,,,but I have a few….. I feel it’s time to start looking closely at the ideas we have been hammered with over the years, the ones we try so hard to live up to, and if we fall short feel that we have failed. The myth of marriage, nothing is wrong with marriage, it’s a beautiful thing, but let’s face it ladies, you cannot put your life in your husband’s hands. Studies show the majority of black women with HIV are married. Being married does not mean you have to have unprotected sex. Ladies no longer can you put your lives in your husband’s hands and vice versa………..Trust your gut don’t trust your heart. Make him wrap it up!!

Real talk, when I first moved to Philly, I hung out with a “down-low” brother, who confided in me about is lifestyle. We were great friends because right off the bat I told him I knew he was gay. He respected my honesty, and as I said before, we became fast friends… Platonic friends that is. I learned so much from this brother, and I thank him for his openness, he cared enough about me to be brutally honest. This man only dated married men; he said “all of my male friends have been married.” I was able to witness this first hand, that’s why I had to part friendship with the brother, his lifestyle was too dark, I did not want to associate with it. Nothing wrong with being openly gay, but this man lived a deceitful, harmful lifestyle. I’m getting off the subject; I learned from this brother that most of the men he dealt with had a problem with their sexuality, that’s why they hid behind marriage. They found it easy to find a wife because women are so desperate to get married that they/we ignore the signs. Sometimes not very obvious, but always there. Most of the time after things come to light, we always remember something, that we knew wasn’t right, but ignored it anyway. Of course all married men are not on the down-low. There are good black men out there, I know some. But you don’t have to be on the down-low to step outside of a marriage, this goes for men and women alike. It happens, a lot!

Life is not a fairy tale, time to be real with ourselves, our lives, and our individual situations.

I think we should rethink the institution of marriage, Tina said it best “what does love have to do with it.” Of course there are great love stories, great marriages that last forever, but on the real how many do you know? I think people should get married for practical reasons, the bible says it best, that it’s better not to marry unless your body burns with lust…..um, something like that. I advocate marriage because AIDs is on the rise, with the distinct agreement, that we take care of each other’s needs. I know some say that’s what marriage is about, but evidently it has not been……….men/women cheat! The hell with having an understanding, get it in writing, just a thought.
Ladies the information is out there, if we find ourselves caught out, we don’t have anyone to blame but ourselves. We have to demand and be aggressive about our lives, about what we want, about what we stand for and what we will not stand for. It’s a hard world out here, but it’s a always a beautiful life,,,,,Our circumstance, our situations, are directly related to the choices we make. Choose life sis, make his ass wrap it up!!!

According to “Infection Control today’s website” Black women are dying from AIDs at an alarming rate!!

In ‘Hot Spots,’ HIV Infection in African-American Women is Five Times Higher Than National Estimate3 days ago
Posted in News, Hiv Infection, Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Research, Research & Studies Print ICAP at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health is part of a network of research organizations that jointly released study results finding that the HIV infection rate of black women living in certain parts of the U.S. is five times higher than overall rate of infection among black women estimated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The HIV Prevention Trials Network’s (HPTN) 064 Women’s HIV Seroincidence Study (ISIS) found an HIV incidence of 0.24 percent in its study cohort of 2,099 women (88 percent Black).

Results are based on a study design that selected HIV ‘hot spots,’ i.e. geographic areas of the U.S. with elevated rates of HIV and poverty. Six distinct geographical areas in the northeast and southeast regions of the U.S. were selected—Atlanta, Raleigh-Durham, N.C., Washington D.C., Baltimore, Md., Newark, N.J., and New York City —where women, ages 18 to 44, without a prior positive HIV test were eligible for enrollment.

Within ICAP’s consortium of clinical research sites, the HPTN 064 study was conducted at three New York City-area sites: ICAP’s Harlem Prevention Center, the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, and the New Jersey Medical School Adult Clinical Research Center. Investigators for the study included Drs. Wafaa El-Sadr, ICAP director; Jessica Justman, ICAP senior technical director; Sharon Mannheimer, chief of infectious diseases at Harlem Hospital Center; Edward Telzak, chief of infectious diseases/director of AIDS Program at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center; and Sally Hodder, vice chair, Department of Medicine and Director, HIV/AIDS Program in the Division of Infectious Diseases at UMDNJ.

“This study confirms that black women in these U.S. hotspots have disproportionately been affected by HIV. While we have made significant progress in HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment, our way forward must include prevention efforts tailored for these communities that are severely affected,” says El-Sadr, who is also professor of epidemiology at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health and professor of Medicine at the College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Women constitute roughly one-quarter of new HIV infections in the U.S. with 66 percent of these infections occurring among black women, despite the fact that black women constitute only 14 percent of the U.S. female population. In the U.S., the age-adjusted death rate of black women with HIV is roughly 15 times higher than that observed for HIV-infected white women.

Thirty-two women in the study (1.5 percent) were newly diagnosed with HIV infection, at the time of enrollment, demonstrating the need to focus efforts on expanding HIV prevention and testing in hot spot areas of the US. “The study underscores the substantial ongoing HIV transmission within specific U.S. populations and highlights the need for increased focus on areas with higher HIV prevalence,” says Justman, who is also associate professor of clinical epidemiology at the Mailman School.

The HPTN 064 (ISIS) study is funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) of the National Institute of Health. Study participants were enrolled between March 2008 and July 2010.

Okay let’s talk about it,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Let me start off by saying this, don’t get it twisted world, AIDs is not a black women’s disease, AIDs does not discriminate……period! Okay, now that I have gotten that off my chest, lets talk about it…. the fact that this disease continues to be so prevalent in our community means we have not been talking about it enough. In my opinion there are number of reasons for this epidemic, this is definitely a result or our community not being proactive in a number of our issues. 1. The number of black men being locked up……..you know what its hitting for in there. 2. The fact that our community is not open to the gay life style. 3. unawareness 4.self esteem issues. 5. THE MEDIA!!!!…I can go on and on…………. We cannot ignore these issues in our community, it’s time to have this conversation now……………lets talk about it, our lives depend on it! I have a niece who I want to have a long and healthy life, with a healthy, gainfully employed (if not rich) black man, have some babies…………you know the rest! I get it we are in a recession, we are busy, too busy to see whats in front of us, but deal with it now, or get hit like a ton of bricks and be knocked on your back………….Because that’s whats going to happen.. yes it can happen to you. Some of us, myself included, have a problem with being proactive, we are a reactive people, time to come down from the rat race,,,,,,,,,,,,,,time to deal with these issues. Because like Whitney Houston, when we least expect it, if will effect us, don’t wait until it’s too late.