Barriers among black women The decrease is impressive since HIV is not openly discussed in the black community. This creates a barrier for black women who may not be comfortable asking whether or not their partner has been tested. They are also less likely to share their diagnoses with partners. It remains a stigma in the African-American community.
There is also a stigma that HIV means you're gay. However, HIV is not just a gay disease. True, African American gay and bisexual men accounted for the largest number of HIV diagnoses between 2010 - 2014, but women are also at risk.
The CDC wants to educate more women about treatment options and life-saving drugs, like PrEP (pre-exposure prophylactic), which can prevent infection if taken with 72 hours of exposure to HIV. PrEP is effective on both women and men.
For more information on HIV statistics and HIV testing, visit www.cdc.gov/hiv/statistics/overview/ataglance.html
Source: Minority Black Health Blog. The Minority/Black Health Blo