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segments of population affected

Oct 7, 1997

Which segments of the population are most affected by the AIDS epidemic?

Response from Mr. Sowadsky

Hi. Thank you for your question. Simply put, EVERY segment of the population has been significantly affected by this epidemic, in one respect or another. Not everyone has put themselves at risk of infection. But this disease has significantly infected and affected:

Heterosexuals (most of the worlds HIV/AIDS cases are among this group)

Homosexuals/Bisexuals (especially in "Westernized" countries)

IV drug users (especially in "Westernized" countries)

Children of HIV infected mothers (especially in "Developing" countries)

Every race/ethnic group (Whites/Blacks/Hispanics/Asians/American Indians etc.)

Every socio-economic group (from the very rich to the very poor)

Every continent (except perhaps Antarctica which is virtually uninhabited)

As you can see, this disease has really hit every segment of the worlds society. But remember, it is not who you are that puts you at risk. It is what activities you are engaging in, that puts you at risk. Not everyone has put themselves at risk of infection. But for those that do, they fall in every segment of our society.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to e-mail me at "" or call me at 1-800-842-AIDS (Nationwide). I'm glad to help!

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