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Reply #60: No, the difference is probably larger than that. [View All]

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Unvanguard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-07-09 05:49 PM
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60. No, the difference is probably larger than that.
There's a huge difference between "living in large metropolitan areas" and living in large cities. "Metropolitan areas" include the suburbs, which almost certainly have a lower AIDS rate than urban populations. The CDC study, as was pointed out elsewhere in the thread, was not even attempting to measure national prevalence rates, but rather to study the epidemic in cities that were already known to have high rates of HIV infections (see pinto's #46).

For an example of the importance of this demographic distinction: if 65% of the US population really lived in large cities (as opposed to large metropolitan areas), then the Democrats would easily win every national election (well, assuming away the party realignment that would certainly ensue). Even though both are technically "urban", they are, sociologically, quite different categories.
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