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January 26-27, 2000
Clarion Hotel   Hollywood Beach



    In Florida, the burden of the HIV/AIDS epidemic on minorities, particularly the Black community, is staggering:
  • Blacks comprise 13% of Florida's population, but 55% of the 5,488 AIDS cases reported in 1998.
  • In Florida, 70% of reported AIDS cases, and 75% of reported HIV infections were among Blacks, Hispanics, and other minorities in 1998.
  • HIV/AIDS is the leading cause of death for Black males and Black females between the ages of 25 and 44.
  • Members of the Black community often fail to receive early testing and treatment.
  • Black women who are heterosexually infected with HIV are the fastest growing group of infected persons.
  • It is estimated that more than 35,000 Blacks in Florida are currently living with HIV infection.
  • 1 in 50 Blacks, compared to 1 in 127 Hispanics and 1 in 286 Whites are HIV infected.
    As a result, the Bureau of HIV/AIDS cordially invites you to attend the Florida Black Leadership Conference on HIV/AIDS, to be held January 26-27, 2000, at the Clarion Hotel, 4000 South Ocean Drive, Hollywood Beach, Florida.
    Black leaders will be invited from the media, the political arena, health care, churches, national organizations, colleges and universities, community-based organizations and AIDS service organizations. The meeting will give the participants the opportunity to make recommendations for addressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Black community.


Florida Department of Health