Ending the epidemic of heterosexual HIV transmission among African Americans
Adimora, Adaora A. Schoenbach, Victor J. Floris-Moore, Michelle A.
School of Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel
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Ending the epidemic of heterosexual HIV transmission among African
American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 37(5):468-71, 2009 Nov.
This article examines factors responsible for the stark racial disparities
in HIV infection in the U.S. and the now concentrated epidemic among
African Americans. Sexual network patterns characterized by concurrency
and mixing among different subpopulations, together with high rates of
other sexually transmitted infections, facilitate dissemination of HIV
among African Americans. The social and economic environment in which many
African Americans live shapes sexual network patterns and increases
personal infection risk almost independently of personal behavior. The
African-American HIV epidemic constitutes a national crisis whose
successful resolution will require modifying the social and economic
systems, structures, and processes that facilitate HIV transmission in
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