April 17, 2007
A survey of attitudes toward HIV/AIDS among African-American women in the Mississippi Delta found troubling levels of denial and ignorance about the disease:
The Delta was chosen due to its high AIDS rate, and because more than 60 percent of its residents are black, said study co-author Ademola Omishakin, professor of environmental health at Mississippi Valley State University. Residents there are among the poorest in the nation, with some 35 percent living in poverty.
"The study points out some real problems [in the Delta]," said Craig Thompson, director of the STD/HIV program for the state Department of Health. "I would suggest if they had studied just about any place else in rural Mississippi, they would have found the same results."
Clarion Ledger (Jackson)
4.15.2007; Gary Pettus
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