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

February 6, 2012

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Ingrid Floyd

Poverty

Ingrid Floyd, Executive Director, Iris House, New York

Poverty fuels the HIV epidemic due to its impact on all aspects of life, including income, housing, education, nutrition, access to health care -- and the list goes on. In the African-American communities where poverty rates are even higher, there exists a greater gap in all of these areas that fuels the inability to negotiate, feel empowered, get educated on HIV and get tested.

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