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Why are HIV and AIDS more common among black and Latina women?

The rate of new HIV infections among black women was 15 times as high as that of white women and over three times as high as that of Latina women in 2009.

The reasons why black and Latina women are more affected by HIV and AIDS than women of other racial and ethnic groups are not directly related to race or ethnicity, but rather to the circumstances that place these women and girls at greater risk of becoming infected with HIV. These circumstances may include higher rates of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections in communities of color, limited access to high-quality health care, poverty, stigma, fear and discrimination.

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