UPDATE: According to the Dallas County Health and Human Services, the trend of new people diagnosed with HIV in their last published study (2015) is 23% lower since 2005. However, the estimated amount of people living with HIV in Dallas County is approximately 16,387 - a 56% increase since 2005.

In 2015, 60% of new HIV diagnoses were reflected by residents less than 35 years old.


 

A disturbing report has come to light regarding Dallas County's HIV rank in the state of Texas, leaving county leaders puzzled. An astonishing 40 percent of the county's infections are African-American, with the largest increase among African-American women ages 13 to 24! What's even more disturbing is that in some Dallas zip codes, more than 60 percent of infected are young African American women. These numbers made Dallas County the state's leader of HIV infections in 2012.

Health professionals are wanting to know why. Some of the newest infections are said to be from female to female unprotected sexual contact, because the stigma is that HIV cannot be contracted that way, which is untrue. Nurses, doctors, educators and religious groups are highly disturbed by these numbers and are working together for a solution. What can you do? Take the first step to educate yourself and those you love by visitng ActAgainstAids. Knowledge is power and ignorance is not bliss.

Why do you think the numbers are alarmingly highest with our young black women?