Demographic Paper

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Demographic Paper
Melissa Kirk
HCS/490 Health Care Consumer – Trends and Marketing
Professor Jennifer Johnson

Demographic Paper
Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) is the final stage for the HIV disease. AIDS is one of the leading causes of death among people in the United States as well as the rest of the world. African Americans are the ethnic group that has been most affected by HIV. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “African Americans have the most severe burden of HIV of all racial/ethnic groups in the United States. Compared with other races and ethnicities, African Americans account for a higher proportion of HIV infections at all stages of disease-from new infections to deaths”.
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Having a sexual transmitted infection increases chances of spreading or receiving AIDS. African Americans just so happen to have a higher rate of sexually transmitted infections compared to other ethnic groups. This is an additional factor on African American’s vulnerability to AIDS. Some other contributing factors are low health care, poverty rate, inadequate housing, and lack of awareness.
The increasing rate of AIDS within the African American population will have a general impact on the health care market. As the incidents of AIDS rise, the health care market will have to have a greater demand for treatment supplies for HIV as well as health care providers. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “Blacks represent approximately 13 percent of the U.S. population, they account for approximately half of the more than one million Americans currently estimated to be living with HIV, and have represented 40 percent of all deaths among people with AIDS in the U.S. to date”. This is an extremely alarming percentage comparison. The poverty rate for all African Americans in 2011 was 28.5% (U.S. Census Bureau) which leads to health care related challenges for this population. Since the poverty rate as well as the AIDS incident rates are so high it leaves the African American population struggling with health challenges such as increases in health care costs and increases in prescription drug costs. According to Michael Carter, “The average annual

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