What’s Really Behind the AIDS Epidemic in Black America?

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High Rates of Untreated and Undiagnosed STDs

According to a 2009 CDC study, Blacks represent 13 percent of the U.S. population, but accounted for about 71 percent of reported gonorrhea cases and almost half of all chlamydia and syphilis cases. Untreated and undiagnosed STDs lower your immune system, which can put you further at risk for contracting HIV. 

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