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State study links bisexuality to HIV spread among minority women

June 27, 2003

 (Detroit-AP) -- A new federal study shows black and Hispanic women are being infected with HIV at a higher rate than the rest of the population -- in part because many of them don't know their sex partners are bisexual.

 The study by the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Michigan Department of Community Health is called AIDS CARE. It found black and Hispanic men are more likely than white men to engage in bisexual behavior, but women of color were less likely to know their partners had sex with both men and women.

The study says that disparity in awareness helps explain the rapid spread of HIV in the black community. HIV/AIDS is the leading cause of death for black women ages 25 to 34 nationwide.

The study used data from state health departments in ten states, including Georgia. It will be published later this year in medical journals.

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