The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is now including poverty as a key risk factor for AIDS and labeling it as an epidemic in America’s inner cities. Typically AIDS is viewed as a disease of the gay, bisexual and drug using communities not of the inner cities of America. AIDS appears to be disproportionately a disease of the poor.
African-American women represent the majority of new HIV cases, the virus that leads to AIDS and African-American’s representing 45% of all AIDS cases in the U.S.
Individuals living below the poverty line were twice as much at risk for getting AIDS then those outside the poverty line especially minority populations living in poverty. Hispanics are three times as likely to get AIDS than the general population and African-American’s eight times as likely.