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