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Study Rethinks AIDS Prevalence Among Haitians

August 25, 2010

Haitian immigrants to the United States have been historically stigmatized as having introduced HIV into North America, according to Dr. Linda Marc, of the Center for Multicultural Mental Health Research at Cambridge Health Alliance, and colleagues. Haitian-born persons also have been thought to have higher HIV prevalence than other domestic groups, with Haitians included among the risk groups very early during the US epidemic.

However, previously no study has reported on US surveillance trends among Haitian-born persons, Marc and colleagues noted. The team set out to estimate AIDS prevalence among this population, with AIDS rates by race/ethnicity based on data from post-censal estimates, the American Community Survey of the US Census Bureau and the Haitian Consulates.

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