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Rate of STD Infections Among Minorities a Growing Concern

By Daniel Cherry | Published 14 Apr 2011 01:54pm | comments

Last year Mississippi had nearly 30 thousand cases of sexually transmitted diseases. MPB's Daniel Cherry reports on the disproportionately high rates among minorities.

Minorities account for 89 percent of reported cases of STD infections. Dr. Nicholas Mosca, the director of Mississippi Department of Health's STD/HIV program says the problem mostly stems from lack of information.

"We have problems with literacy. We have problems with people being respectful when speaking about sexual activity issues. The amalgamation of that is some people are resistant to help us spread the message."

Luke Versher with AAIM-Aids Action in Mississippi says stigma with HIV and STDs is a huge problem.

"Nobody wants to talk about it. Nobody wants to mention it and that fosters the disease and it increases the numbers. When you talk about it, get the information out there it cuts down on the infection rate and it also helps the people who are living with HIV and AIDS live better."

Anyone can receive free and confidential testing at any county health department. Daniel Cherry...MPB News.

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