AIDS in Black America: A Ray of Hope

By Arthur Horton.

Published by The International Journal of Science in Society

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There is an epidemic of HIV/AIDS in African American women in the United States, and it is devastating black communities. Once considered only a homosexual or gay disease, AIDS has crossed boundaries and has shown that anyone gay, straight, black, or white or any ethnicity, young or old can contract this disease. There is a disproportionate outbreak among black women and adolescents; they are especially at risk. They are being infected through unprotected sexual intercourse, drug use and babies being born with AIDS because the mother is infected. Because such a large proportion of black females who carry the disease live in poverty, there is minimal health care, either as prevention or maintenance of victims of the virus. This study examines a possible success story in coping with the epidemic as found in the dramatic decrease of the HIV/ AIDS death rates for the city of Chicago,Illinois. It considers the effects of educational achievement of blacks in relation to the decline in HIV related deaths over a decade in Chicago. Some of the results are surprising and not as hypothesized. The impact of HIV/AID regarding black females was as hypothesized and statistically significant.

Keywords: HIV/AIDS, African American Females, Healthcare Access, Educational Status

The International Journal of Science in Society, Volume 1, Issue 4, pp.13-28. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.018MB).

Dr. Arthur Horton

Professor, Social Work and Human Services, Lewis University, Romeoville, IL, USA

As chair of department, I have been active in educating a student population about the AIDS epidemic particularly in the city of Chicago, USA. I have done considerable work with the the department of public health as it relates to my community ,Hyde Park in Chicago. Some of my activities were carried out in conjunction with President Barak Obama when he was a state senator in Illinois. My educational background includes a PH.D from the University of Illinois at Chicago concerned with health policy, the Masters in Social Work and a Masters in Health Science.