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Two Fronts New report says race must be an issue in combatting AIDS

AMERICA WAS INFECTED WITH THE VIRUS OF RACIAL inequality long before the appearance of HIV; now a new study contends that a symbiotic relationship between the two afflictions is having deadly results. Noting that blacks and Hispanics make up 46% of all the AIDS cases in the U.S., the National Commission on AIDS report argues that the disease should be treated as a racial issue. "Racial inequality in the U.S.," it reads in part, "is pre- eminent among the festering social problems . . . upon which the epidemic feeds." The results of inequality include poor health care, inferior education and,...

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