Disparities Exist Among Races In AIDS Mortality

February 13, 2009 at 2:00 pm Leave a comment

A new study concludes that race disparities exist in AIDS mortality and that the risk of death is higher for non-Hispanic blacks and Hispanics than for non-Hispanic whites.

Researchers examined the correlations between survival and race/ethnicity, age and gender among persons who died from AIDS-related causes. The sample consisted of 11,022 persons diagnosed with AIDS reported through 2003 to the Chicago Department of Public Health. They found increased survival times with AIDS for all race/ethnicity groups after highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) became available. However, the rate at which survival improved was not uniform. The hazard of death due to AIDS between 1996-2001 was 51% higher for non-Hispanics blacks and 22% higher for Hispanics than for non-Hispanic whites.

“Enhancing efforts to prevent HIV-infected individuals from infecting susceptible individuals and developing new interventions to increase early recognition of disease and to remove barriers to accessing care will help Chicago’s disadvantaged population achieve even greater increases in survival,” the study’s authors stated. “Effective community-level interventions to reduce health disparities require public engagement and support.”

[From: “Demographic Characteristics and Survival with AIDS: Health Disparities in Chicago, 1993-2001.” Contact: G. Woldemichael, Department of Public Health, Chicago, Ill., woldemichael_girma@cdph.org].

American Journal of Public Health

[Via http://www.medicalnewstoday.com]


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