Raising Women’s Voices

Ob/Gyn Group Urges Routine HIV Tests for All Women

Posted in Health Disparities, Health Reform Policy Proposals by raisingwomensvoices on August 19, 2008

FRIDAY, Aug. 1 (HealthDay News) — Minority women are at higher risk for HIV/AIDS, and doctors need to make a special effort to encourage them to be tested for HIV.

That’s the new recommendation released Thursday by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).

“Rates of infection among African Americans — and also among Hispanics — are much higher than among white women. Sixty-four percent of women with HIV are black, even though blacks only make up about 13 percent of the U.S. population,” Dr. Heather Watts, a liaison member to ACOG’s Committee on Health Care for Underserved Women, said in an organization news release.

For the full article see: http://health.usnews.com/articles/health/healthday/2008/08/01/obgyn-group-urges-routine-hiv-tests-for-all-women.html

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  1. health day said, on August 28, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    Nice blog! Keep up the good work.

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