Miami-Dade County is the epicenter of new HIV/AIDS cases being reported
Miami-Dade County (M-DC) currently ranks number one in the U.S. in the number of new AIDS cases.
Not far behind is Broward County that recently posted the second highest number of new AIDS cases in the country.
Blacks should be even more concerned given the newest data. While they make up 20 percent of the population in M-DC, they account for 51.5 percent of AIDS cases;
In Broward, Blacks are 25 percent of the population but 57.6 percent of the AIDS cumulative cases.
Palm Beach County ranks sixth. The numbers suggest that Blacks are in a state of crisis.
Magic Johnson who was in Miami to announce a new collaborative effort aimed at providing high quality medical services to the growing HIV/AIDS population in South Florida, many of whom are Blacks stated “We need to educate the urban areas and underserved communities about HIV/AIDS, get them tested, get them to come back for their results, get them on a treatment program and then make sure they stay on the program and are compliant. This is all about people. I’m raring to go.”
Johnson, 53, tested positive for HIV 20 years ago and stunned the world with his early retirement from the L.A. Lakers. Today, under medical supervision, he is healthy, managing his HIV with a daily regimen of drugs and exercise. And he’s become a leading advocate for worldwide HIV awareness and testing.
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