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Report: AIDS on the Rise Among Blacks

February 2, 2005

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Blacks make up more than half of new HIV infections annually in the United States and about two-thirds of new AIDS cases among teens, though they represent less than 15 percent of the nation’s population, according to a report released Tuesday.

The report, titled ``The Time is Now!,″ was released to coincide with the beginning of Black History Month. It is based on statistics related to HIV and AIDS among blacks from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the Kaiser Family Fund and the U.S. Congress, among other sources.

Funding for the primary federal AIDS program has remained steady in the last three years while the number of media stories about AIDS declined by 57 percent between 1997 and 2002, according to the report, produced by the Black AIDS Institute, a Los Angeles-based research and public policy group.

The institute called on Congress to increase funding for AIDS and HIV treatment, control the cost of medications, provide more comprehensive sex education in schools and urge more states to adopt needle exchange programs.

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