AIDS in Black America: A Journey Through the Years
In 1987, the FDA approved AZT as the first drug used to combat the disease and...
In 1987, the FDA approved AZT as the first drug used to combat the disease and with a year’s supply costing about $10,000 it becomes one of the most expensive drugs ever. It was around this time that Black leadership started to take the rising rate HIV/AIDS infections in the Black community more seriously and mobilized their efforts through national programs. By 1988, the CDC reported that half of all African-Americans make up half of all AIDS cases among women.