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

February 6, 2012

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Tracie Gardner

Mass Incarceration

Tracie Gardner, Founder and Director, Women's Initiative to Stop HIV NY, New York

When looking at the incidence of many STDs, particularly HIV, they are concentrated in poor, segregated neighborhoods that are characterized by high rates of incarceration. Inner-city populations of African Americans and Latinos account for almost two-thirds of the 2.2 million Americans in prison nationwide, and two disturbing trends are increasingly present in these communities.

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