Lack of Access to Quality Health Care
Hilary Beard, Author of Health First! The Black Woman's Wellness Guide, Philadelphia
Black people are disproportionately uninsured, and when you don't have insurance, it means there is no co-pay; you have to pay for that appointment out of your own pocket. And if you cannot afford insurance or don't have a job that offers any, it's a serious financial strain. You might be inclined to skip appointments, put them off and not get the necessary tests that you need, not take your meds because you cannot afford them, or split your pills in half or take them every other day. This can set into motion a whole chain of events.Show More
In terms of HIV, not having access to health care can mean that people are not getting tested with the frequency that they should, and if they are suffering from other chronic diseases that lower their immune system, they can even become more susceptible to becoming infected with and passing on HIV to someone else. All of which happens with people being completely unaware that they are even positive. So it's nothing malicious, or intentional or promiscuous, because HIV can happen between loving monogamous partners where someone is completely unaware that they are infected with HIV, because they haven't gotten tested.