Researchers have found that HIV prevalence among heterosexuals is higher among those living in low-income areas, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). For the study, the CDC surveyed people in selected “metropolitan statistical areas” (MSAs) using the National HIV Behavioral Surveillance System (NHBS). The report summarizes information collected from heterosexuals in 24 MSAs with a high prevalence of AIDS. Researchers found that HIV prevalence among participants with incomes at or below poverty level was significantly higher than in people with higher incomes. This increased prevalence was unrelated to race or other factors, like drug use or sex work. As a result of this study, the CDC is recommending that HIV prevention strategies in urban areas with high AIDS prevalence focus on low-income individuals.

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