HIV Care in the Black Community
is a disease state in which the overwhelming number of people with the
disease are black—it's not even a close call. As black doctors, we know
to screen for hypertension, diabetes, cervical and prostate cancer
because they happen disproportionately in our community. HIV has
emerged as the leading cause of death among black women ages 25 to 44
and one of the top three causes of death for black men ages 25 to 54.
We must encourage more patients to test for HIV—and get those who are
ready, to start treatment. Throughout this special POZ Focus,
several other African-American HIV specialists and I share insights and
ideas for HIV prevention, testing and treatment. As physicians, we've
got lots on our plates. But a few key steps, taken individually, can
have a vast impact in the fight against AIDS in the black community."
Keith Rawlings, MD medical director, Peabody Health center, Dallas,
Texas president, Integrated Minority AIDS Network Inc. (IMANI)
AFRICAN AMERICANS ARE:
of the U.S. population
of new HIV diagnoses
of AIDS deaths
of new teen AIDS cases
of news AIDS cases among women
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