Social Determinants of HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Diseases Among Black Women: Implications for Health Equity

Sharpe, Tanya Telfair; Voûte, Caroline; Rose, Michelle A.; Cleveland, Janet; Dean, Hazel D.; Fenton, Kevin
March 2012
Journal of Women's Health (15409996);Mar2012, Vol. 21 Issue 3, p249
Academic Journal
Recent epidemiologic reports show that black women are at risk for HIV infection and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). In this report, we go beyond race and consider a number of social and economic trends that have changed the way many black women experience life. We discuss poverty, loss of status and support linked to declining marriage participation, and female-headed single-parent household structure-all of which influence sexual risks. We also discuss the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-led national efforts to advance consideration of social determinants of health (SDH) and promotion of health equity in public health activities that may have impact on black and other women.


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