HIGHTLIGHTED STORIES – Women and HIV: A story of racial and ethnic health disparities

9 Jul

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Women are 25% more likely to contract the disease than men, and 1 in 32 African American women will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime, compared to 1 in 526 Caucasian women. 

Researchers at Yale’s Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS are studying the cause behind these disparities in the rates for HIV. They have found deeper cultural and societal causes that complicate even straightforward programs such as promoting condom use: “Promoting condom use also is critical for African-American women who are living in communities with a high HIV prevalence. However, Calabrese says, this effort can be complicated by factors such as the scarcity of partners due to high rates of incarceration and premature deaths among African-American males in the United States, both of which can contribute to a woman’s willingness to forgo condom use in order to maintain a sexual partnership.”


A greater risk of intimate partner violence (including rape) in African American communities also leads to higher rates of HIV, which is another social factor that needs to be addressed before steps can be made to reduce the disparity.

Read the full story at:

http://www.healthcanal.com/infections/hiv-and-aids/40420-women-and-hiv-a-story -of-racial-and-ethnic-health-disparities.html

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One Response to “HIGHTLIGHTED STORIES – Women and HIV: A story of racial and ethnic health disparities”

  1. Chelsea Sawyer July 29, 2013 at 12:22 am #

    The issue about HIV never fails to bring my scares all over! And to think, that is just among women’s most common health issues and there is more to be careful of.

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