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 with a
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.