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Medical News & Perspectives
January 7, 1998

Rural Communities Struggle With AIDS

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JAMA. 1998;279(1):5-6. doi:10.1001/jama.279.1.5

COMBINATION therapy with protease inhibitors and changing demographics of the AIDS epidemic have cast a spotlight on rural health care professionals' abilities to keep pace with the disease.

For example, in some rural areas of Georgia, Mississippi, and South Carolina, women make up one fourth of cumulative reported AIDS cases, well beyond the national figure of 15%. Yet, in those rural areas, few efforts are aimed at providing women with education about the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or testing to detect HIV infection.

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