ERIC Number: EJ711818
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar-24
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On the Frontline of the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: With Infection Rates Still Escalating among African Americans, Researchers, Scholars and Activists Wonder if the Battle Is a Losing One
Hawkins, B. Denise
Black Issues in Higher Education, v22 n3 p24 Mar 2005
Most days, Cynthia Davis is an exasperated trooper who can always be found teaching and preaching from the frontline of the AIDS epidemic in Los Angeles. The very disease that's crippling and killing those she's trying to save with prevention, education and intervention is also what fuels her resolve to return day after day to a place where burnout is high, death is an almost everyday event and where the community's concerns about HIV/AIDS often get lost in the daily struggle to survive. Still this community services administrator and assistant professor at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles keeps on pushing for clinical care for those living with HIV/AIDS. Results from the federal governments National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey are discussed in this document. According to the survey, the HIV infection rate among Blacks ages 18 to 59 was 1.1 percent in 1991, or about five times higher than that found in Whites. By 2001, the rate was 2.14 percent, or 13 times greater than the rate seen in Whites.
Descriptors: African Americans, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Communicable Diseases, Epidemiology, Disease Control, Disease Incidence, Public Health
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: United States