More than 40% of African Americans rank HIV/AIDS as the most urgent
U.S. health problem, even above cancer, according to a survey by the
Kaiser Family Foundation. African Americans also are more likely than
whites and Latinos to say that they know someone who currently has
HIV/AIDS or has died from it. Also, 43% of African Americans say they
are personally very concerned about becoming infected with HIV.
"The sense of urgency revealed in the survey should send a message
to local leaders and especially elected officials that HIV is something
that the African American community really cares about," said Drew
Altman, Ph.D., president and CEO of the Kaiser Family Foundation.