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Elahe Izadi reports that black women in some cities are up to five times more likely to contract HIV than the average black woman:

Researchers focused on six HIV “hotspots:” D.C., Baltimore, New York City, Newark, N.J., Atlanta and Raleigh-Durham, N.C. In these communities, 24 black women in every 10,000 is infected with HIV annually. Nationally, the annual HIV-infection rate is 5 in every 10,000 black women.

That urban women are more susceptible to infection than women outside of  cities isn’t really surprising. But it underscores the importance of HIV testing, outreach and safe sex education for city-dwelling black women.

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