Poverty, HIV strongly linked, sur­vey finds

Austin American-Statesman - - WORLD & NATION -

Het­ero­sex­u­als liv­ing be­low the poverty line in U.S. cities are five times as likely as the nation’s gen­eral pop­u­la­tion to be HIV-pos­i­tive, re­gard­less of their race or eth­nic­ity, the fed­eral Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion said. Their neigh­bors in the im­pov­er­ished com­mu­ni­ties who live above the poverty line are 2.5 times as likely to be in­fected, ac­cord­ing to the first com­pre­hen­sive study of groups that aren’t in­volved in risky be­hav­iors. Be­cause blacks are 4.5 times as likely as whites to live in poverty and Lati­nos are four times as likely, the find­ings could ac­count for many of the eth­nic and racial dis­par­i­ties in HIV in­fec­tions in this coun­try, said Dr. Paul Den­ning, a med­i­cal epi­demi­ol­o­gist at the CDC.

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