New York Times Examines Disparity Between Black, White HIV/AIDS Patients in United States
August 9, 2004
Although AIDS-related death rates in the United States have "sharply dropped" over the past eight years as antiretroviral therapy has become increasingly available, AIDS is "still a killer" among African Americans, the New York Times reports. In 2002, nearly twice as many blacks than whites died from AIDS-related causes, "a gap that has been increasing since 1998," according to the Times. Researchers have attributed the disparity to later diagnosis of HIV among blacks, medical care that is inferior to the care received by whites and an increased prevalence among blacks of co-infection with other diseases or other health problems. HIV-positive African Americans are less likely than HIV-positive whites to receive life-sustaining medications because they are more likely than whites to be uninsured or underinsured. In addition, African Americans have higher rates of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke, some forms of cancer, asthma, sexually transmitted diseases and other illnesses, all complicating HIV/AIDS treatment, according to the Times.
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