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World’s AIDS Day, which was Dec. 1, may have come and gone. This startling statistic remains a reality, however: African Americans are only 13% of the U.S. population, but account for 44% of HIV infection cases.

Activist Rae Lewis-Thorton spoke with Roland Martin on NewsOne Now about the problem. “There’s a need for continued national conversation,” Lewis-Thorton said. “Unfortunately, when [World AIDS Day]  passes we wind up in the situation where we are seeing increased growth in the disease, [even] when it’s not the ‘sexy’ campaign of the moment.”

Hear what else she had to say, in the clip below.

Be sure to tune in to NewsOne Now with Roland Martin, weekdays at 7 a.m. EST.


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