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Black people account for only 12 percent of the U.S. population, but make up half of HIV cases in the country

SAN FRANCISCO -- HIV prevalence is so great among African Americans that even those who avoid risky behaviors are at high risk, according to findings reported at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections.

Dr. Kimberly Smith, of Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, warned that focusing on drug use, homosexual behavior and multiple partners actually undermines efforts to counteract the dramatic disparities faced by blacks in regards to HIV prevalence and mortality.

This is particularly true for heterosexuals, she told attendees of the conference.

"The prevalence has come to a point now where…there's basically no room for error," she said at a press conference. This requires a shift in perspective for policy and prevention efforts, Smith said.

"If we start to focus on this as a community challenge rather than focusing on individual risks, then that may


Added: Feb-19-2010 Occurred On: Feb-18-2010
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