African Americans are disproportionately impacted by the HIV/AIDS epidemic more than any other racial or ethnic group in the United States. The NAACP’s health department is committed to “sounding the alarm” about the effects of HIV/AIDS through advocating for increased testing, education, and polices aimed at stopping the rates of new infections and increasing the access to care especially in communities of color.

The Facts

  • Every 9½ minutes, someone in the United States is infected with HIV.
  • According to a 2009 research entitled “HIV Surveillance Report” published by the Center for Disease Control 1 in 32 Black women and 1 in 16 Black men will be diagnosed with having HIV during their lifetime.
  • African Americans represent 12-13% of the population but account for nearly 50% of the new HIV infections in the United States.
  • Black women represent over 50% of new infections
  • Young Black MSM ( Men who have sex with Men) ages 13-29 represent 52% of new HIV infections in the United States.
  • June 5, 2011 marked the 30th anniversary of the first diagnosed case of AIDS, in the United States, which was reported to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) June 1981.




 AIDSVu provides a high-resolution view of the geography of HIV in the United States, 30 years into the epidemic. It is an online tool that allows users to visually explore the HIV epidemic alongside critical resources such as HIV testing center locations and NIH-Funded HIV Prevention & Vaccine Trials Sites.The data on AIDSVu come from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) national HIV surveillance database that is comprised of HIV surveillance reports from state and local health departments. AIDSVu will be updated on an ongoing basis in conjunction with CDC's annual release of HIV surveillance data, as well as new data and additional information as they become available. 


GYT (Get Yourself Tested)

GYT is developed as part of It’s Your (Sex) Life, a longstanding public information partnership of MTV and the Kaiser Family Foundation, together with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) and other national partners, including the National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD) and the American College Health Association (ACHA). Gilead Sciences, Inc. provides support and resources for select elements of the campaign


Act Against AIDS Leadership Initiative (AAALI)

The Act Against AIDS Leadership Initiative (AAALI) is a $16 million, six-year partnership between CDC and leading national organizations representing the populations hardest hit by HIV.

CDC launched AAALI as part of its Act Against AIDS communication campaign in 2009. The initiative initially brought together some of the nation’s foremost African American organizations to intensify HIV prevention efforts in black communities. In 2010, CDC expanded AAALI to also include organizations that focus specifically on men who have sex with men (MSM), and the Latino community