How Well Do Black Young Adults Understand HIV and U=U?

How Well Do Black Young Adults Understand HIV and U=U?

New data from a 2019 survey illustrate that many Black young adults could benefit from a better understanding of HIV, its transmission and related stigma. HIV remains prevalent among African Americans, who constitute 13% of the U.S. population but made up 42% of new HIV cases in 2018. In fact, it’s estimated that half of gay Black men will contract HIV in their lifetime. And yet the survey found that 80% of HIV-negative African-American young adults reported being “highly confident they are not at risk of contracting HIV.”What’s more, 31% of Black respondents living with HIV incorrectly thought that being undetectable meant they had been misdiagnosed and were in fact HIV negative. The survey was conducted among adults ages 18 to 22 (Generation Z) and ages 23 to 36 (millennials) during the summer of 2019 as part of the educational campaign “Owning HIV: Young Adults and the Fight Ahead,” a joint effort by Merck pharmaceuticals and the HIV advocacy group Prevention Access Campaign.

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