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HIV and African Americans

Conservatism, cultural context, and history are strong factors that prevent African Americans from seeing Harm Reduction as a useful strategy.

During 2007 through 2010, more than half of the diagnoses of HIV infection in the United States and dependent areas were in persons of minority races/ethnicities.

Blacks/African Americans account for a disproportionate share of diagnoses of HIV infection in comparison to persons of other races/ethnicities. From 2007 through 2010, there were an estimated 191,698 diagnoses of HIV infection in the 46 states and 5 U.S. dependent areas with long-term confidential name-based HIV infection reporting. During this time period, blacks/African Americans accounted for 45% of the total number diagnosed with HIV infection. Black/African American women accounted for 62% of all women diagnosed with HIV infection. An estimated 64% of all diagnosed HIV infections attributed to heterosexual contact were among blacks/African Americans. Additionally, 66% of children diagnosed with HIV infection from 2007 through 2010 were black/African American.

In 2010 alone, 45% of the total estimated number of diagnoses of HIV infection among adults and adolescents were among blacks/African Americans.

Needle Exchange Program

Clean Syringe Access Locations

NASEN is dedicated to the creation, expansion and continued existence of syringe exchange programs as a proven method of stopping the transmission of blood-borne pathogens in the injecting drug using community.

The following is a list by state/province/territory of those syringe exchange programs in North America that have given us permission to make their contact information public. This is not a definitive list of all syringe exchange programs.

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