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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
March 14, 2017

Blacks Still Trail in HIV Care

JAMA. 2017;317(10):1010. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.1194

Black teens and adults with HIV infection receive less medical care than their white counterparts while patients of both races fall short of national goals set to ensure effective, ongoing care.

In a recent study, CDC researchers analyzed data for teens and adults with HIV diagnoses reported through 2015 in 32 states and the District of Columbia. The data represent 65% of black patients living with HIV infection at the end of 2013. Among black patients diagnosed in 2014, 72% were linked with medical care within a month after their diagnosis. Among white patients, the figure was 79%. About 22% of black and white patients diagnosed that year had a CD4 cell count less than 200/µL.