Posts tagged "HIV"

Social justice the Rx for racial health-care gap, Cook County medical chief says

Social justice the Rx for racial health-care gap, Cook County medical chief says
African Americans in Chicago suffer from high rates of HIV/AIDS, diabetes and hypertension, as well as childhood obesity and infant mortality. Because they’re disproportionately low-income, they are less likely to have health insurance, and even fewer have dental coverage, according to a fact sheet produced by chief medical officer of the Cook County Department of... Read more »

STD disclosure bill for inmates aims to help communities hit hardest by illnesses

It’s been almost a year since the Illinois Department of Corrections changed its policy on HIV testing, deciding to automatically test all incoming inmates unless they specifically refused. In other states, this so-called opt-out policy has helped identify infected inmates who otherwise might not know they were HIV positive. With more infomation, the goal is... Read more »

Good News: Racial health gap narrows ... Bad News: It's still wide

Since most of what we report here on Muckrakers is rather bleak, it’s always enjoyable to report something positive. So, here’s the good news: the gap in life expectancy between black folks and white folks in America has narrowed. But there’s bad news: the gap is still pretty big. According to the newest data released... Read more »
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LGBT immigrants in detention centers face abuse, discrimination

LGBT immigrants in detention centers face abuse, discrimination
Immigration officials at the Tri-County Detention Center in Ullin, Ill., refused to provide HIV treatment for an undocumented immigrant while in custody, and another undocumented transgender immigrant was arbitrarily held in solitary confinement for 49 days at Eloy Immigration Detention Center in Arizona, according to four complaints filed Monday to the U.S. Department of Homeland... Read more »

Cook County releases HIV/AIDS data

The number of Cook County residents living with the HIV virus doubled to 3,474 between 2000 and 2008, according to a report released last week by the Cook County Department of Public Health. The data show new infections rising substantially among men, African Americans and Latinos, 20- to 29-year-olds, and among men who have sex... Read more »

HIV leading cause of death for black women 25 to 34

Photo illustration by Joe Gallo Historically considered a gay man’s disease, HIV has a different face in Illinois. The virus is the leading cause of death for black women between the ages of 25 and 34, according to Illinois Department of Public Health data cited by Medill students Camille M. Doty and Jessica Krinke. Doty... Read more »
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