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What Really Fuels the HIV/AIDS Epidemic in Black America?

February 6, 2012


Hilary Beard

Lack of Access to Quality Health Care

Hilary Beard, Author of Health First! The Black Woman's Wellness Guide, Philadelphia

Black people are disproportionately uninsured, and when you don't have insurance, it means there is no co-pay; you have to pay for that appointment out of your own pocket. And if you cannot afford insurance or don't have a job that offers any, it's a serious financial strain. You might be inclined to skip appointments, put them off and not get the necessary tests that you need, not take your meds because you cannot afford them, or split your pills in half or take them every other day. This can set into motion a whole chain of events.

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