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November 16, 2004

The Spread of HIV Amongst Black Women

A very interesting and informative post from a blog new to me,Black Feminism, about the spread of HIV amongst black women. Suggestions reasons for this spread are "poverty, non-disclosing MSM, and the high rate of black male incarceration. Cohen quotes Phil Wilson, executive director of the Black AIDS Institute in Los Angeles."

"[Wilson suggests] that the single biggest driver of the heterosexual spread to black women is the incarceration of black men. "The prison industry in America is an almost exact replication of the mining industry in South Africa, where you take large groups of men and move them from their families for an extended period of time," says Wilson. As studies conducted in South Africa have shown, men who leave their homes for the mines often have new sexual partners — as do the women they leave behind. The increased sexual mixing spreads HIV in both the migrant men and their regular partners. When they return home, the men may infect their regular partners—or vice versa. This pattern of sexual networking is called concurrent partnering, which means that relationships overlap, and there’s nothing that HIV likes more."

Black Feminism is a contributor to Feminist Blogs. That's how I found it.

Posted on November 16, 2004 at 08:52 AM | Permalink