Announcement Date: March 1, 1998

The CDC reports that African Americans account for 49% of AIDS-related deaths. AIDS-related deaths among African Americans are almost 10 times that of Whites and three times that of Hispanics resulting in the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) to put forth a “Call to Action.” The CBC requests the President and Surgeon General declare HIV/AIDS a “State of Emergency” in the African American community; President Clinton does so in October.

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