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Pelosi: AIDS ‘Disproportionately Harming Our LGBTQ Communities, Communities of Color and Individuals Experiencing Poverty’

Craig Bannister | December 1, 2022 | 10:37am EST
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Democrats remain committed to creating “health equity” when it comes to AIDS, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday, in a statement commemorating this year’s World AIDS Day, December 1.

AIDS “disproportionately” infects LGBTQ communities, those of color and the poor, Pelosi says in a statement posted on the speaker’s website:

“As we celebrate these vital strides forward, Americans must also recognize that our work is far from over.  Throughout the world, AIDS continues to claim hundreds of thousands of lives every year – disproportionately harming our LGBTQ communities, communities of color and individuals experiencing poverty.  House Democrats remain committed to relentlessly advancing health equity, stamping out discrimination and bringing the scourge of HIV/AIDS to an end once and for all.”

Pelosi echoes the claim in a Twitter thread, in which she says Democrats “remain committed to relentlessly advancing health equity”:

“As we celebrate these strides forward, Americans must recognize that our work is far from over. Across the world, AIDS claims hundreds of thousands of lives every year – disproportionately harming our LGBTQ communities, communities of color & individuals experiencing poverty.”

@HouseDemocrats remain committed to relentlessly advancing health equity, stamping out discrimination and bringing the scourge of HIV/AIDS to an end once and for all.”

But, as HIV.gov emphasizes with bolded text, behavior, not health discrimination, appears to be at the root of the disproportionately high HIV rates among some subpopulations, as “gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM) are by far the most affected group in the US”:

“Certain subpopulations within racial and ethnic minority groups are affected as well. For example, gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM) are by far the most affected group in the US. They account for about 66% of new infections each year, even though they make up only 2% of the population, with the highest burden among Black and Latino gay and bisexual men. According to CDC, in 2019, 26% of new HIV infections were among Black gay and bisexual men, 23% among Latino gay and bisexual men, and 45% among gay and bisexual men under the age of 35.”

With women, however, AIDS is more prevalent among Blacks that other races/ethnicities, according to HIV.gov, though no behavioral difference is mentioned:

“Among women, disparities also exist. Black women are disproportionately affected by HIV as compared to women of other races/ethnicities.”

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