At the closeout of January 2015, Forbes published an article listing the Top 10 Cities for African Americans. Looking at America’s 52 largest metropolitan areas, rankings were based upon home ownership, entrepreneurship, median household income, and demographic trends. Although listing 10 different cities, the areas listed only covered seven states: Georgia, North Carolina, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, Florida and Texas.
Silence. The beeps are no longer heard, the monitors are no longer on, and the peaks and valleys that represent life now display a flat line. The smallest medical equipment is removed, the lamps turned off, and a mother and father attempt to absorb the unthinkable. Into the world early and gone far too soon, a void has been created that cannot be filled. Today, the village lost a child.
HIV is having a greater impact on the African-American community than on any other racial or ethnic group in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the rate of HIV infection in African Americans is eight times that of whites. Although African Americans represent only 12 percent of the overall population, the CDC reports that in 2010 they accounted for an estimated 44 percent of all HIV infections in people age 13 or older.