Black Baptist Group Promotes Health

9 years 9 months 4 days ago June 18, 2007 Jun 18, 2007 Monday, June 18 2007 Monday, June 18, 2007 2:45:17 PM CDT in News
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Only a few years ago, HIV-AIDS would not have been discussed at the annual congress of the nation's largest black religious organization. But black Americans' disproportionate struggle with AIDS has placed it on the agenda. The topic is among those being addressed during this week's congress of the 7.5 million-member National Baptist Convention USA. More than 4,500 delegates are in St. Louis for the meeting. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says while blacks account for 13 percent of the US population, they account for 49 percent of Americans who are infected with HIV. Black children also are disproportionately affected.

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