AIDS on the Rise Among Blacks in Brazil

The latest report from the Ministry of Health on AIDS in Brazil shows that since 1980 there has been a total 362,364 registered cases of the disease in the country.

For the first time, the 2004 AIDS Epidemiological Bulletin has broken down information on the disease by color and race, revealing that the number of cases has been on the rise among blacks and dark skinned people, while showing a tendency to stabilize among whites.


However, most AIDS cases are still among whites (51.3%), with blacks and dark skinned people behind (33.4%). Brazilian Indians have 0.17% of all cases of AIDS in Brazil.


The director of Brazil’s Sexually Transmitted Disease/AIDS program (DST/Aids), Pedro Chequer, explains that the tendency for AIDS cases to increase among blacks and dark skinned people is linked to the expansion of the disease among heterosexuals and the educational level of victims.


The bulletin reports that in 2003 there were 32,247 new cases of AIDS. And that during the first six months of 2004, a total of 14,000 new cases were reported.


Chequer says that although the numbers are still high, the epidemic is in the process of stabilizing.


But he warns that even with reduced cases in some high risk groups, such as drug users and homosexuals, it is not possible to say that the disease is under control.


Agência Brasil
Translator: Allen Bennett

Tags:

Ads

You May Also Like

Brazil’s National Soccer Team Gets New Jersey in Celebration of ’58 World Cup

Set against the backdrop of the Granja Comary, the official training facility of the ...

Brazil Will Have By 2013 World’s First Seaweed Biofuel Plant: a US$ 10 Million Project

The first industrial plant in the world capable of getting biofuels from seaweed should ...

Brazil Gets UN Security Council’s Presidency

Brazil assumed the presidency of the United Nations (UN) Security Council this past Monday, ...

A samba school parades in Rio's Sambódromo, in Brazil

Brazil’s Carnaval Coming Live to Your Computer Directly from Rio

Those all over the world who love Brazilian Carnaval will have a chance this ...

Brazilian Children With AIDS Get Helping Hand from Los Angeles Foundation

Los Angeles-based Children Affected by AIDS Foundation (CAAF) announced its first ever international grant ...

Cashew Hamburger, a Brazilian Invention to Compete with Soy Hamburger

The main raw material for the product is cashew bagasse, discarded by juice and ...

Portugal Group Invests US$ 43 Million in Brazil’s Northeast Resort

Vila Galé, a group from Portugal, has launched the construction of a five-star resort ...

Brazil Cracks Down on Individuals Sharing Music on the Internet

The Brazilian Recording Companies Association (ABPD), which represents the main recording companies in Brazil, ...

Another Banner Year for Brazil’s Agriculture

The production of cereals, legumes, and oilseed crops – that is, peanuts, rice, beans, ...

Abandoned for 10 Years, Brazil’s Highways Need US$ 3.3 Bi for Repairs

Brazil’s highways have been suffering from lack of resources for at least ten years. ...