African Americans In San Diego And Nationwide Still Have Highest HIV Infection Rate
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Aired 2/9/12 on KPBS Midday Edition.
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
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.