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The HIV Rate Higher in Black Women; 1 in 30

According to reports, the rate at which Black women are contracting HIV and AIDS is nearly 15 times higher than White women and 4 times higher than Hispanics.

The CDC is reporting that HIV and AIDS infection has increased in large numbers within the African-America female population. They are estimating that 1 in 30 will be diagnosed with the disease. 

According to a report by WXIA 11Alive, "studies show black women are NO more likely than women of other races to engage in risky behaviors. (Yet), black women make up 60 percent of all new HIV cases." 

So why are black women contracting the disease at such a higher rate?

Data collected in 2009 from the health departments in Clayton, Fulton, DeKalb, Cobb, Douglas and Gwinnett counties indicates infection rates of HIV and AIDS, respectively, as follows: (This is for women and men combined, all races.)

Fulton: 4,213 and 7,342 

DeKalb: 3,257 and 3,983 

Clayton: 847 and 943 

Cobb and Douglas: 1,030 and 1,288 

Gwinnett: 884 and 1,041

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Cascade Patch plans to visit our local HIV Testing sites to hear what we can and should be doing locally to help stop the spead of this deadly disease. Stay tuned.

Marc Richardson May 09, 2012 at 12:58 PM
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