African-American women are five times more likely to contract HIV in the following six cities than are black women across the rest of America.
5. Washington, D.C.
6. New York
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University found that in those cities, the annual rate of infection was 24 per 10,000 black women. Nationally, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that black women become infected at a rate of 5 per 10,000.
These percentages are approaching HIV/AIDS rates similar to those in the Congo, which has a rate of 28 per 10,000. Cities on this list are also high up on the list of cities with the highest rates of herpes contraction in the United States.
The study was conducted with funding from the National Institutes of Health by researchers who are part of a national consortium called the HIV Prevention Trials Network. The data was presented March 8 at the 19th annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Seattle.