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

February 6, 2012

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Claire Simon

Untreated and Undiagnosed STDs

Claire Simon, Communications Manager, Co-Founder/Co-Director, Young Women of Color HIV/AIDS Coalition, New York

Undiagnosed and untreated sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are known to increase the chances of one being infected with HIV because they suppress your immune system, making you more vulnerable to seroconverting. The CDC estimates that there are approximately 19 million new STD infections each year -- almost half of them among young people 15 to 24 years of age. In a 2008 report, the CDC found that one in two African-American girls has had at least one STD.

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