Ending the HIV Epidemic and Social Justice: COVID-19, HIV, and the Black Community

Join this 90-minute SYNChronicity 2020 virtual session, “SYNCing the ‘End the HIV Epidemic’ and Social Justice: COVID-19, HIV, and the Black Community”, on July 29, 2020, from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM. The session will feature presentations and a dynamic panel discussion that highlights the inequitable distribution of health risk and disease among Black communities in the United States. In addition to accounting for 42% of all new HIV cases in the U.S. annually, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that Black people are 5.0 times more likely than white people to have COVID-19, and are 3.8 times more likely to die from it.

HIV and COVID-19 disparities reflect socioeconomic inequities common in many Black communities, such as poverty, lack of insurance, and under/unemployment, which create barriers to testing, treatment, and care. Addressing the intersection of these diseases has been challenging as public officials work to incorporate social justice issues thoughtfully into public health policy and practice and large numbers of the HIV public health workforce are redirected from HIV to COVID-19. 

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