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

February 6, 2012

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Allen Kwabena Frimpong

Injection Drug Use

Allen Kwabena Frimpong, Capacity Building Advisor, 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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