HIV/AIDS infection rate among African American women alarmingly high in St. Louis

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Posted on October 4, 2011 at 9:58 PM

Updated Sunday, Oct 9 at 7:54 PM

ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – More than 5,000 people in the St. Louis region are living with HIV/AIDS. The rate of the disease is especially high among African Americans and African American women.

In 2010, 300 new HIV/AIDS cases came up in the St. Louis area, according to the state health department. Almost two-thirds of those cases were among African Americans. But among women, African Americans accounted for 86 percent of new cases.

Washington University’s Tawnya Brown has been dealing with this issue for more than a decade. She says multiple partners complicated the problem, and that many black women have trouble convincing their mates to use protection.

While HIV/AIDS is irreversible, it is preventable. Brown says women need to carry condom, know how to put on eon correctly and make testing a part of their own health care. Their partners should be tested as well.

For more information on free testing, visit: http://www.hivtest.org or call 314-872-1431.

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