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African Americans In San Diego And Nationwide Still Have Highest HIV Infection Rate

Evening Edition

Aired 2/9/12 on KPBS Midday Edition.

Guests

Lisa Cosby, Triage Nurse UC San Diego's Owens Clinic

Acintia Wright, HIV Aids counselor at the San Ysidro Health Center, she is a mother of four who has been living with HIV since 1995

Transcript

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, African-Americans are the racial group most affected by the HIV/Aids virus. The rates of infection among blacks remain disproportionately high. Here in San Diego County, African Americans make up 5 percent of the population, but 13 percent of HIV cases. Community activists say raising awareness and talking about AIDS, once a taboo subject, is helping to bring down those numbers.

San Diego HIV Testing And Counseling Sites

This graphic, developed by www.colorlines.com uses Centers for Disease Control and Prevention DATA to illustrate how Black Americans are disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS.  Used with permission.

www.colorlines.com

Above: This graphic, developed by www.colorlines.com uses Centers for Disease Control and Prevention DATA to illustrate how Black Americans are disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS. Used with permission.

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