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cory777 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-10 03:02 AM
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Study: Poverty, more than race, tied to HIV
Source: AP

ATLANTA Poverty is perhaps the most important factor in whether inner-city heterosexuals are infected with the AIDS virus, according to the first government study of its kind.

The study, released Monday, suggests that HIV is epidemic in certain poverty-stricken urban neighborhoods. And, more significantly, poor heterosexuals in those neighborhoods were twice as likely to be infected as heterosexuals who lived in the same community but had more money.

Federal scientists found that race was not a factor there were no significant differences between blacks, whites or Hispanics.

Health officials have long believed poverty drives HIV epidemics, but there have been few studies to back that up. Some research actually contradicts that belief: Studies in Tanzania, Kenya and some other African countries actually found that wealthy people were more likely to be infected than the poor.

Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100719/ap_on_he_me/us_med_...



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burnsei sensei Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-10 07:41 AM
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1. I've been waiting for a finding like this.
It doesn't surprise me in the least.
In fact, I think it's a reality that has been repeatedly ignored by the public in this epidemic.
All epidemics stroke the rich lightly and strike the impoverished heavily.
It may be sexually transmitted, but it is poverty driven.
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La Lioness Priyanka Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-10 01:52 PM
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2. well d'uh
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