The National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC) was founded in 1987 to develop leadership within communities of color to address challenges of HIV/AIDS. Today, NMAC is an association of AIDS service organizations providing valuable information to community-based organizations, hospitals, clinics and other groups assisting people and families living with and affected by the AIDS epidemic. African-Americans, Health Disparities and HIV/AIDS: Recommendations for Confronting the Epidemic in Black America is available at www.nmac.org and has been endorsed by a number of organizations, including AIDS Project Los Angeles, Community HIV/AIDS Mobilization Project, Lambda Legal, the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, the Harm Reduction Coalition and others.
NMAC's report complements a series of publications from the Black AIDS Institute exploring the African-American HIV/AIDS epidemic. Black AIDS Institute reports and policy recommendations are available at www.blackaids.org.
About HIV/AIDS in the United States
2006 marks the 25th anniversary of the start of the AIDS epidemic. The first cases of HIV/AIDS were reported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the June 5, 1981 issue of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). Today, the CDC estimates that 1.1 million Americans are infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Of these, nearly half (47%) are African- American. Since the beginning of the epidemic, African-Americans have accounted for 379,278 (40%) of the estimated 944,306 AIDS cases diagnosed. Through December 2004, an estimated 201,045 African-Americans have died of AIDS.
About the Mailman School of Public Health
The only accredited school of public health in New York City, and among the first in the nation Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health provides instruction and research opportunities to more than 900 graduate students in pursuit of masters and doctoral degrees. Its students and more than 270 multi-disciplinary faculty engage in research and service in the city, nation, and around the world, concentrating on biostatistics, environmental health sciences, epidemiology, health policy and management, population and family health, and sociomedical sciences. www.mailman.hs.columbia.edu
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