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Thursday, June 14, 2012

AIDS Rate Among Urban Black Women Stuns Researchers - Maggie Fox - NationalJournal.com

AIDS Rate Among Urban Black Women Stuns Researchers - Maggie Fox - NationalJournal.com

“While we have always known that African-Americans had a higher risk of HIV infection than other American racial groups, this study confirms it and underscores the severity of the national and local problem, especially in cities,” Flexner said.

“Most of these women were not active injection-drug users. The vast majority were heterosexual.” Some were trading sex for drugs such as crack, but not all."

2 comments:

  1. I HAPPEN TO BE APART OF A FELLOWSHIP WHEREIN IT IS REAL COMMON PRACTICE FOR MEN AND WOMEN TO GET QUICKLY INTO INTIMATE PARTNER RELATIONSHIPS MAKING IT QUITE OBVIOUS THAT PROTECTION WAS NOT A PRACTICE THAT MATTERED,DUE TO PREVIOUS LIFESTYLES OF STREET HUSTLING, AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE. SO RATES OF HIV INFECTION ARE NOT REALLY SURPRISING TO ME ,THE PREVALENCE OF TEEN PREGNANCY IN THE INNER CITY COMMUNITY ALSO GIVES CREDENCE TO UNHEALTHY SEXUAL PRACTICES,NOT TOO UNDER RATE THE FACT OF HOW VERY PROMISCIOUS THE YOUNG MALES ARE IN THIS COMMUNITY. THERE'S SO MANY DEDICATED OUTREACH PEOPLE AND ADVOCATES,BUT NOTHING CAN STEM THE TIDE OF IGNORANCE AND ABSENCE OF SELF-WORTH,AS I SEE IT IN THIS COMMUNITY IN PITTSBURGH.

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  2. Many of these individuals, Both males and females are looking for a combination of things: love, comfort, soothing, feel-good, acceptance, belonging; escapes from pain, hurt, neglect, poverty, anger and abuse. Because of any combination of these, youth and young adults don't think about the consequences. They don't believe it could happen to them. What is behind it? What is in their home/family/community of origin that is so very lacking? For many, there are also poor health and mental health challenges not assessed. Alcohol and drug use is common place. Awareness campaigns and prevention efforts need to target this population.

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