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Table of Contents

HIV Care in the Black Community

It's Our Community and It's Our Fight

Prevention And Testing: How To Talk With Patients

If A Patient Tests Positive

Common HIV-Care Myths Among Docs

Calling All Doctors

Fears vs. Facts


Give and Get Support at

Adhere To This

Resources For Non-HIV Docs

Resources For Your Patients

HIV Docs Share Treatment Smarts

HIV Medications and Pregnancy

What You're Talking About
Why I Still (Kinda, Sorta) Go to the Gym (blog) (37 comments)

Sanctuary for Survivors (26 comments)

The CDC Dives Into the Great American Circumcision Debate (16 comments)

Why Nancy Reagan Refused a Dying Rock Hudson's Plea (12 comments)

The Treatment Divide: When’s the Best Time to Start HIV Meds? (12 comments)

Health Insurer Aetna Sued for Alleged HIV Discrimination (11 comments)
Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle


Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV


It's Our Community and It's Our Fight

by Staff

“HIV 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 supplement to POZ, 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.

M. Keith Rawlings, MD
medical director, Peabody Health center, Dallas, Texas
president, Integrated Minority AIDS Network Inc. (IMANI)

Of the U.S. Population
Of New HIV Diagnoses
Of AIDS Deaths
Of New Teen AIDS Cases
Sixty Seven
Percent of New AIDS Cases Among Women

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