Commentary & Opinion
Column Discusses HIV/AIDS Risks for Black Women
July 22, 2008
If the popular television series "Sex and the City" "chronicl[ed] the sexually liberated adventures of four black women" instead of white women, "one of the lead characters could credibly have tested positive for" HIV, Johnathon Briggs, director of communications at the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, writes in a Chicago Tribune opinion piece. According to federal health data, black women are nearly 23 times more likely to be diagnosed with AIDS than white women, Briggs writes.
He adds, "Though it is true that nearly every major character on 'Sex and the City' had [a sexually transmitted infection] scare, the most severe disease any of the four white Manhattan women ever got was chlamydia," which can be treated with antibiotics. He concludes that the "reality of sex in the inner city requires more than medicine. It also demands effective prevention programs and tools to change the environments that lead to disparities in disease," which is "far more worthy of our attention" than the "hard-candy gloss and glimmer of its pop-culture counterpart" (Briggs, Chicago Tribune, 7/20).
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.