Female African American AIDS Numbers In Dallas Troubling

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – There’s a troubling trend emerging in Dallas involving African American women and AIDS.

Currently, black women make up 22-percent of the population in Dallas — yet, according to county health officials, the group accounts for 71-percent of all female HIV cases.

Michelle Anderson told CBS 11 News that people have no clue she is HIV positive.

“When I tell them, they’re in shock.”

Anderson carries distinctive titles. She holds the crown of Ms. Plus America and lives with the virus infecting more women who look like her in Dallas.

In Dallas County, there are some 1800 other black women who share the same diagnosis. There is no other group of Dallas women that are impacted more by the disease.

The numbers are staggering – 7 out of 10 Dallas women with HIV are African American and AIDS education advocates and activists said they know why.

“We have a whole community of black men out there who are HIV positive, who are heterosexual, and nobody is talking to them,” said Marsha Jones, head of the Afiya Center, an HIV prevention center in south Dallas.

Jones went on to say that Dallas has, “an entire community of men, HIV positive men, heterosexual, and they’re under the radar. Those men are having sex with women and those women are getting infected.”

Ed Jones works with AIDS Arms Inc. and said some men make up ways to justify not being tested or not sharing their positive status. “You have a lot of us who won’t get tested. ‘I know I’m good’ — these are the excuses they give. And the tests are free.”

The distinction is crystal clear. Black women in Dallas County are almost eight times more likely to be infected with HIV, than their White or Hispanic counterparts.

“This is a major issue for the black community,” said Lisa Waitemon-Moses, with AIDS Arms. “ The same for infant mortality, diabetes, heart disease, and everything. We [African Americans] are bearing the brunt of this disease.”

Now Michelle Anderson wears her crown proudly as she works diligently to get the word out and slow the spread of HIV. But as she takes on the cause, one in 144 black women in Dallas County are already living with the virus.

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One Comment

  1. African American Woman says:

    You truly cannot believe what you are saying OMG!!!!

  2. Jerry Frey says:

    Sure she believes it. It’s called ignorance. “7 out of 10 Dallas women with HIV are African American ”


  3. velflo68 says:

    so, who are these women getting it from and spreading it to? If this is the case, it only implies that black men are not getting tested.

  4. Apostle Rubie James says:

    They are not getting tested because then they will be held culpable for their actions and selfishness’s. Ignorance of the law, ‘I didn’t know’, seems to be a worthy excuse–! Therefore, being charged with attempted murder and murder because of the lack of malicious intent. However, those responsible for Public Safety would have to deal with a totally new set of issues. Therefore, these men are not the only one’s ‘passing the buck’.

    These women have an obligation to “tell it”. Shout it to the mountain top and these men will not remain, “under the radar”! With those stats… a whole lot of somebody’s know!

  5. Mark Gilmore says:

    The number’s, in this case study, is WAY too high! Dam..

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