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

February 6, 2012

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Bethsheba Johnson, G.N.P.-B.C., A.A.H.I.V.S.

Low Health Literacy

Bethsheba Johnson, G.N.P.-B.C., A.A.H.I.V.S., Associate Medical Director, St. Hope Foundation, Houston

Health literacy is the ability to use written materials to function in health care settings and to maintain one's health and the skills needed to advocate for and request needed clarification. However, a shocking number of Americans, especially those of color, are lacking these skills. Previous research suggests that a low level of health literacy is an underlying factor that explains racial disparities in the prevalence and incidence of HIV/AIDS.

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