HIV/AIDS is the leading cause of death in the African-American community for men and women. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, 49 percent of African- Americans are contracting HIV/AIDS and only account for 13 percent of the U.S. population. African-Americans have been hit the hardest with a rising number of deaths attributed to the disease. The study also revealed provocative reasons to why this vibrant community is continuing to lose an alarming number of people. Reasons to why these barriers could be a possible roadblock have been proposed.
FEAR– Negative attitudes, beliefs and stigmas may exist and prevent more education and proper assistance for health care and training for individuals living with HIV/AIDS.
POVERTY– Individuals lacking proper health care insurance and funding to pay for health care in poor stricken communities often ignore routine doctor visits and necessary testing.