Medicine: AIDS And Women

Nonwhites face the biggest risk

More than 90% of American AIDS victims have been men, most of them white homosexuals. Yet in black and Hispanic neighborhoods, particularly in East Coast inner cities, the epidemic presents a very different picture. There, AIDS is a disease of both males and females; most victims are drug users, but many are either lovers or offspring of addicts. With growing frequency in these communities, the deadly infection is passed through ordinary heterosexual intercourse. This much neglected fact was a principal finding in a study conducted at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta and published % in last week's Journal of...

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