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CARIBBEAN AMERICANS & HIV/AIDS

By on June 1, 2015

According to the World Health Organization – UNAIDS program, in 2013, approximately 250,000 people living with HIV/AIDS. Sadly, 2011 data suggests treatment for those living with HIV is under 50%. There is a lot of work to do.

The annual Caribbean-American Health/AIDS Awareness Day was created to provide Caribbean-Americans with resources, HIV/AIDS health education, evaluation, and opportunities for involvement. The goal is to beat the odds and to ensure that we cultivate a health conscious atmosphere within our communities.

This day is a part of a National effort to get Caribbean-Americans to get educated, get evaluated, get treated and get involved with their health decisions, as HIV/AIDS, Diabetes, Cancer, High Blood Pressure and Cardiovascular diseases continues to negatively affect the Caribbean communities resulting in premature deaths.

HIV infection has had a demoralizing impact on the Caribbean Diaspora and the Caribbean-American communities throughout the United States for over 20 years. Surveys of Caribbean-American communities reveal significant health disparities, and have identified HIV/AIDS and inadequate access to health care as major health issues in this population.

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On June 8th in 5-10 cities around the United States, Caribbean-American leadership will sponsor diverse activities to create awareness of the state of HIV/AIDS and the health status of Caribbean-Americans within their specific communities.