Sunday, May 15, 2005

Teams take to streets with AIDS FACTS

The Commercial Appeal, May 15, 2005
By Michael Kelley

Nothing spoils a walk in the park like seeing a used condom in the grass. Unless it's not seeing one.

That's how AIDS prevention workers see it. Every discarded sheath of latex helps hold back an HIV tide that still poses a threat in Memphis, especially among African-Americans.

In Zip Code 38106, a predominantly black area of South Memphis where field investigators spent about half their time during a 2002 AIDS study, they didn't see a lot of used condoms. In Zip Code 38104, a racially diverse area in Midtown, they were all over the place.

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