Risk Management: A Q&A on Philly's AIDS Crises

By Aaron Kase
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In this country they are so intersected. They confound. It’s hard to separate them. We know that the poverty rate for black people has historically been much higher than for whites, so it becomes hard to untangle them. The issue is complicated by the fact that we don’t collect data by incomes—at the [Centers for Disease Control], you have data by sex, age, region and exposure category. And ethnicity. You don’t have socio-economic status. That also becomes an artifact of reporting. People who go to private physicians to be tested are not going to be in the same pool for having that information reported as someone who gets tested at a city health center. There’s so much that we don’t know and don’t collect.

What’s the next step?

I think what we need to do is a syndemic approach, looking at prevalence of all these different conditions. One problem is focusing on solely as HIV as one thing. We need to make a much more comprehensive approach, integrating what we know about structural factors, housing and unemployment. That would have an impact for reducing HIV risk, and other health problems that plague low-income families, tuberculosis, other STDs. There are ways for us to be really creative as to how we improve health of communities as a whole across all of these different diseases. I think that’s really promising.

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1. geno said... on Nov 9, 2010 at 08:04PM

“Hahahaha are you kidding me? Do you really beleive that it's "always been" "just natural" for black men to have a lot of sex partners in our own communities? Wake up. I'm sure that while men of every race might wish that to be true, there's very little truth to the validity of such. I know of many young men who brag of such exploits, and i also know that most are lying too. But what does that say about the black woman, or my mother? I resent the implication.”

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2. cliton mike said... on Oct 23, 2013 at 12:40AM

“Good-day every one, my name is Mike Clinton, i want to share my experience with the general public on how i got my hiv aids cured, i have been reading so-many post of some people who were cured of hiv, but i never believed them, but one day bi wanted to tests the faith of the DR OGBOLE, then i contacted him on his email on DROGBOLETEMPLEOFCURE@GMAIL.COM, when i contact him, he told me so many things about my life and so many thing about me which was 100% correct, then i pleaded with him to help me out, then to my greatest surprise he prepared some medicine and he asked me to take it, which i did exactly the way the asked me to take them, he told me that in three days time tat i should go and check on my hiv status, i was kind of been surprise, when i went to the hospital to check of my status, the doctor was so surprise when he saw that i was hiv negative, i did not know how i am going to thank DR OGBOLE for his good work so i decided to share with the general public on what the great”

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3. cliton mike said... on Oct 23, 2013 at 12:41AM

“Good-day every one, my name is Mike Clinton, i want to share my experience with the general public on how i got my hiv aids cured, i have been reading so-many post of some people who were cured of hiv, but i never believed them, but one day bi wanted to tests the faith of the DR OGBOLE, then i contacted him on his email on DROGBOLETEMPLEOFCURE@GMAIL.COM, when i contact him, he told me so many things about my life and so many thing about me which was 100% correct, then i pleaded with him to help me out, then to my greatest surprise he prepared some medicine and he asked me to take it, which i did exactly the way the asked me to take them, he told me that in three days time tat i should go and check on my hiv status, i was kind of been surprise, when i went to the hospital to check of my status, the doctor was so surprise when he saw that i was hiv negative, i did not know how i am going to thank DR OGBOLE for his good work so i decided to share with the general public on what the great”

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