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

February 6, 2012


Allen Kwabena Frimpong

Injection Drug Use

Allen Kwabena Frimpong, Movement Resource Bridger and Mobilizer, Harm Reduction Coalition, New York

According to the CDC, the number of new HIV infections among the sub-populations most affected are lowest among black males and females who inject drugs. Two factors that contribute to these relatively low numbers are: One, our white counterparts use drugs more than we do -- despite the fact that we disproportionately carry the health, social and economic costs associated with the harms from drug use and punitive drug policies.

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