Black Men: Your Marital Status Highly Increases Your AIDS/HIV Risk

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three menBy Krystle Crossman

In the 1980s when the AIDS epidemic was at its peak, it was found that married men had a much lower risk of contracting AIDS/HIV than their divorced or single counterparts. Women’s marital status did not matter much, however African-American women were nine times more likely to contract the disease than any other race. Latinas were seven times more likely.

The professor who conducted the study was Augustine Kposowa. He tracked almost 763,000 people from ages 15 and older between 1983 and 1994. During that time period 410 of them died from AIDS/HIV. Kposowa said that during the height of the epidemic people were afraid, but they also thought that it was contracted only by men sleeping with other men. They didn’t think about marital status risk factors.

Divorced or separated men were found to be six times more likely to die from AIDS/HIV than married men. Those who had never been married were 13.5 times more likely to die from it. It was also found that African-American men were 2.7 times more likely to die than white men, and Hispanic men were almost twice as likely to die than white men. For women, marital status did not seem to be a factor at all, but race definitely was.

Kposowa explains the meaning behind the marital status findings. He said that because the health care system was poor in the 80s, minority women did not go to the doctor as often because they were not as educated as they should have been on health issues, so they were more likely to contract AIDS/HIV. This is where marital status comes in as men who are single were getting together with these women and not realizing the consequences.

Unfortunately, today, Black men and women have the highest rate of unmarried adults which is still a factor that increases the risk of infection of not only HIV, but other STDs.

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  1. This article is so……I don’t even have the words. Marriage can’t lower the chances of a person getting HIV/AIDS if there is infidelity occurring on either part. And the truth of the matter is we all know that there is such a great amount of infidelity going on in most marriage it’s not funny.

  2. Professor Augustine Kposowa findings need to be further investigated. Divorced and separated men were more than likely to die from HIV/AIDS. I would like to see a study on married couples in long term relationships, due to infidelity increases the risk for HIV/AIDS/STD's in the African American community.

  3. Lester L. Washington, Bth, MA, M.ED, LCGC, ABD on

    GOD LOVES PEOPLE WITH HIV/ AND THE MORE ADVANCED AIDS AND SO DO WE: YOU CAN LIVE 30-50 YEARS WITH THE DISEASE SO COME TO AND AREA WHERE YOU CAN GET MEDS

    GOD / YHVH / JEHOVAH LOVES YOU ANYWAY: HIV/AIDS IS NOT A DEATH SENTENCE

    I’ve worked with HIV/AIDS patients since 1981 when no one knew what if was. If you are positive, want to change locations where you can get your meds free, want to live, and want to get meds and be around another 25-50 years, contact me. I am a Licensed/ Lifetime Certified Counselor.

    God loves Christians, Jehovah Witnesses, Muslims, Blacks, Jews, Whites, and all others who have HIV/AIDS. It is Satan and SATANIC RACISM (SPIRITUAL – MOT WHITE RACISM BLACK, BROWN, YELLOW, OR MIXED RACE RACISM) that wants to destroy all humans not God, Allah, YHVH, Jehovah, and the other 1000+ nsmed of YHVH. God will not allow it. Yes we must die but because you have HIV/AIDSyou do not go to Hell ss many teach.
    UOU CSN LIVE, YOU CSN STULL HAVE A HAPPY LIFE BUT YOU MAY HAVE TO MIVE TO GET FREE MEDS.

    EMAIL ME AT LLWASHING AT HOTMAIL.COM

    GOD LOVES YOU!!!

  4. Lester L. Washington, Bth, MA, M.ED, LCGC, ABD on

    CORRECTED VERSION: GOD LOVES PEOPLE WITH HIV/ AND THE MORE ADVANCED AIDS AND SO DO WE: YOU CAN LIVE 30-50 YEARS WITH THE DISEASE SO COME TO AND AREA WHERE YOU CAN GET MEDS

    GOD / YHVH / JEHOVAH LOVES YOU ANYWAY: HIV/AIDS IS NOT A DEATH SENTENCE

    I’ve worked with HIV/AIDS patients since 1981 when no one knew what if was. If you are positive, want to change locations where you can get your meds free, want to live, and want to get meds and be around another 25-50 years, contact me. I am a Licensed/ Lifetime Certified Counselor.

    God loves Christians, Jehovah Witnesses, Muslims, Blacks, Jews, Whites, and all others who have HIV/AIDS. It is Satan and SATANIC RACISM (SPIRITUAL NOT WHITE RACISM, BLACK, BROWN, YELLOW, OR MIXED RACE RACISM AND OTHER HUMAN HATE that wants to destroy all humans not God, Allah, YHVH, Jehovah, and the other 1000+ names of YHVH. God will not allow it. Yes we must die but because you have HIV/AIDS you do not go to HXLL as many teach.

    YOU CAN LIVE, YOU CAN STILL HAVE A HAPPY LIFE BUT YOU MAY HAVE TO MOVE TO GET FREE MEDS, CHANGE YOUR THINKING AND REALIZE THAT GOD CARES!! THE PERSON WHO GAVE YOU HIV/AIDS PROBABLY DIDNT KNOW, WAS SCARED, ANGRY BECAUSE THEY GOT IT, OR SOME OTHER REASON. YOU HAVE IR, ITS NIT GOING AWAY, AND GOD / YHVH / ALLAH / JEHOVAH LIVES YOU!!!
    EMAIL ME AT LLWASHING AT HOTMAIL.COM

    GOD LOVES YOU!!!

  5. It is an act of professional negligence to rewrite the history of the AIDS epidemics in America and totally ignore the gay, white males who started it along with the intravenous drug users who were the main victims for at least the first decade. It may occur mostly in heterosexuals in Africa where it is past epidemic but commonplace. That is not the case here and Mr. Kposowa needs to concentrate on the continent of his origin and leave off of his lying campaign here.

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