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ERIC Number: EJ960695
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep-1
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1557-5411
Thirty Years Later: AIDS Experts Reflect on Efforts to Eradicate the Disease, Create Awareness about How It Is Transmitted
Hawkins, B. Denise
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v28 n15 p16-18 Sep 2011
Even on paper three decades ago, HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, invoked fear and loathing. Despite increased public awareness and billions spent in search of a cure, the disease still generates fear today. As the disease has morphed into a global pandemic that is still without a cure, Black America battles the highest rate of new HIV infections and new AIDS diagnoses compared to any other racial group. Even in the early days of the disease in the United States--first largely identified as a disease of gay White men--Blacks constituted a disproportionate number of new AIDS cases reported between 1981 and 1983. By the late 1980s, Blacks led Whites in the number of new HIV infections. By 2006, Blacks were 7.3 times more likely than Whites to be infected, according to the Black AIDS Institute. "Diverse" shares conversations and reflections from some HBCU stakeholders working on the front line of HIV/AIDS, both in the classroom and in the community. This article presents the views of AIDS experts who reflect on efforts to eradicate the disease and create awareness about how it is transmitted.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States