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Black Lyme Matters

In Lyme disease-endemic areas, African-American patients are at higher risk for missed or late diagnosis of Lyme. According to the CDC, it can take as much as seven times longer for Black patients to be identified with Lyme disease when compared to white patients. As a result, Black individuals who contract the disease are more likely than white individuals to experience serious side effects such as neurological and heart problems. This is due in large part to the lack of clinical training at diagnosing the disease in melanotic skin.

Black Lyme Matters

ILADEF is committed to providing physicians with the tools and resources necessary to correctly diagnose and treat Lyme in the full range of skin presentations, including in dark-skinned people. A special fund has been established for the Black Lyme Matters campaign to help support physician training and to improve detection and treatment of Lyme disease in Black patients. With your support we can create change. Every donation is a step closer to ending this unnecessary suffering. Please use the link below to help support this important cause.