The White House held its first summit on the impact of the AIDS virus on African American men Wednesday, pointing to evidence that the epidemic may be on the rise among black men.

The summit convened policymakers and community and religious leaders in anticipation of the White House’s National HIV/AIDS Strategy, which is expected in the coming weeks and will lay out a plan to reduce the incidence of the disease and provide better care.

African Americans make up 10 percent of the population but about half of the HIV/AIDS cases nationwide. One of every 16 black men will face a diagnosis in his lifetime, and black people are seven times more likely to contract the virus than other races.

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