Changes in Diagnoses of Heterosexually Acquired HIV Infection Among Black/African American Males and Females in Seven Southern United States, 2014-2018

J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2021 Apr 30. doi: 10.1007/s40615-021-01047-y. Online ahead of print.


Racial and geographical disparities exist in HIV infections in the USA. The highest burden of HIV diagnoses remains among Black/African American persons and is concentrated in the Southern region. This paper describes within-race changes in HIV diagnoses among heterosexually active Black/African American persons in seven states with the highest rates/100,000 population of HIV diagnoses in the South, during 2014-2018. The total number of diagnoses among Black males and females with infection attributed to heterosexual contact decreased in 2018 compared to 2014. Diagnoses decreased among Black males and females in Louisiana and among Black females in Texas. While the declines indicate progress, Black males and females in the South remain disproportionately affected by HIV. Results support a need for the development, implementation, and evaluation of evidence-based HIV prevention interventions and strategies for heterosexually active persons in jurisdictions that have not seen decreases in HIV diagnoses.

PMID:33929684 | DOI:10.1007/s40615-021-01047-y