Resolution to Administer the Distribution of AIDS Funding Proportionally to Infected Groups Within the United States

Whereas, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has reported that 1.2 million people in the United States are living with HIV infection and 1 in 5 are unaware of their infection, and African Americans face the most severe burden of HIV, despite the fact that African Americans make up only 12 percent of the U.S. population, as reported by the CDC, ACT against AIDS Leadership Initiative.

And whereas, despite increases in the total number of people in the U.S. living with HIV infection in recent years (due to better testing and treatment options), the annual number of new HIV infections has remained relatively stable. However, new infections continue at far too high of a level, with approximately 50,000 Americans becoming infected with HIV each year.

And whereas HIV was the 4th leading cause of death for Black men and 3rd for Black women, ages 25–44, in 2007, ranking higher than their respective counterparts in any other racial/ethnic group.

And whereas, new data indicates that African American women account for the largest share of new HIV infections among women (57%) and African American women also account for the majority of new AIDS diagnoses among women in general (64% in 2009); white and Latina women account for 15% and 18% of new AIDS diagnoses, respectively.

And whereas African-American women represented more than a third (34%) of AIDS diagnoses among Blacks (Black men and women combined) in 2009; by comparison, white women represented 14% of AIDS diagnoses among whites in 2009.

Now therefore, be it resolved that the Obama Administration take immediate action to administer Federal funding for HIV prevention and care proportionally to the statistical averages affecting individuals within the United States, with specific focus on the fastest growing population of HIV infections—African American women, and develop HIV prevention services within communities most significantly impacted, as evidenced within the latest CDC statistical data.

Submitted By J. David Reeves

National President, Blacks In Government