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Race, Education Linked to Differences in HIV Mortality Rates

October 10, 2012

The Archives of Internal Medicine recently published an article on what is thought to be the first analysis of its kind -- researchers assessed HIV mortality rates among different racial and ethnic groups, including their level of education and gender. The authors analyzed records of more than 91,000 HIV-related deaths among adults between the years of 1993 and 1997. The study concluded that even though the extensive usage of multidrug treatments has greatly reduced HIV-related deaths, mortality rates remain disproportionately high for African Americans, particularly those with limited education, and HIV death rates were significantly elevated among blacks, compared to whites, within every category.

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