In 1998, the alarmingly high numbers of HIV infections among African-Americans led U.S. Surgeon General, David Satcher, to declare a National State of Emergency. To respond to the AIDS crisis, the African-American HIV/AIDS Task Force was formed by the Black Health Coalition in November 1998. The Task Force brings together community based organizations (CBOs), churches, businesses, criminal justice, educators, health care providers, social service organizations, fraternities and sororities, AIDS-serving organizations, HIV infected and affected individuals, families, and volunteers. We believe the community must play a leadership role in creating solutions to the challenges it faces.
Did you know?
- In the Milwaukee metro area, new cases of HIV among young African American MSM's tripled from 2001-2008.
- Although African Americans make up 13% of the United States, almost half of those living with HIV or AIDS are African American.
- AIDS is the leading cause of death of African American women ages 25-34.
- Over 50% of HIV patients cannot afford their HIV medications. While nearly 40% of HIV patients have no health care coverage.
- More than 50% of all HIV infected individuals reside in Milwaukee's urban neighborhoods.
- The Wisconsin Division of Public Health estimates that as many as 41% of Black MSM in Milwaukee County are infected with HIV.
- African American Females are 15 times more likely to contract HIV than white women in Milwaukee.
72% of African-American children are raised in single-parent households
Rice University study. Read more in News Across the Nation.