Commentary & Opinion
"More Vigorous" Leadership by Black Public Officials Needed to Fight HIV/AIDS Within Black Community, Opinion Piece Says
March 19, 2008
Although the HIV/AIDS epidemic has "taken hold in black America," the disease "can be prevented and sent packing," Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) writes in a Louisiana Weekly opinion piece. According to Norton, blacks comprise 12% of the U.S. population but account for 50% of HIV/AIDS cases. The "myths and stereotypes" that surround HIV "have fed the virus," she writes, adding that people "have allowed it to thrive in the shadows, with too little open discussion and leadership to conquer it."
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This article was provided by Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. It is a part of the publication Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report. Visit the Kaiser Family Foundation's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.