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Addiction Science: From Molecules to Managed Care

While all racial/ethnic groups are affected by HIV/AIDS, not all are affected equally.

The AIDS Epidemic Disproportionately Affects Minority populations

Associated health disparities fall disproportionately on ethnic minorities, particularly African Americans, who are at especially high risk for developing AIDS. Even though they comprise only 13 percent of the U.S. population, African Americans accounted for approximately half of the total AIDS cases diagnosed in 2005. In fact, while the proportion of AIDS diagnoses among whites (not Hispanic) has decreased; the proportions among non-Hispanic African Americans and Hispanics have increased.

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