Black and African American HIV/AIDS Awareness

My MedlinePlus Weekly Newsletter: Black and African American HIV/AIDS Awareness

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2020 update to My MedlinePlus Newsletter logo

February 16, 2022

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Black and African American HIV/AIDS Awareness

Black and African American people account for a higher proportion of new HIV diagnoses and people with HIV, compared to other races and ethnicities. Racism, HIV stigma, homophobia, poverty, and barriers to health care continue to drive these disparities. Good progress has been made with reducing HIV diagnoses. From 2015 to 2019, HIV diagnoses decreased 8% among Black and African American people overall. Learn more about HIV/AIDS and testing and prevention services.

Post-COVID Conditions (Long COVID)

Although most people with COVID-19 get better within weeks of illness, some people experience post-COVID conditions, also known as long COVID. Post-COVID conditions are a wide range of new, returning, or ongoing health problems people can experience four or more weeks after first being infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. People of any age who have had COVID-19 can later develop a post-COVID condition. Although post-COVID conditions appear to be less common in children and adolescents than in adults. Studies are underway to further investigate post-COVID conditions. Learn more about post-COVID.

SCD: Are You a Carrier?

Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a group of blood disorders that create abnormally shaped red blood cells that slow blood flow and prevent oxygen from reaching parts of the body. It can shorten lifespan, cause organ damage, and lead to debilitating pain.

SCD is inherited. People with the disease are born with two sickle cell genes, one from each parent. If you are born with one sickle cell gene, it’s called sickle cell trait. Genetic counseling can help you determine if you carry the gene.

Skillet Granola

Did you know that you can make your own granola? Skillet granola is easy to make and you can get creative by substituting different nuts, seeds, and spices.