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HIV-AIDS Continues to Spread in Region Among White Gay Men

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Gay white men taking chances is what St. Louis Health Department director Pamela Walker says is largely to blame for the some 250 new HIV-AIDS cases each year in the region.

“HIV-AIDS is still primarily a disease of men who have sex with men,” Walker says. “It’s still primarily white, but there is a disparity of course in the city, with more African Americans.”

Walker says the disease is spreading because people wrongly think AIDS has been cured, or it’s no big deal anymore. And they’re having unprotected sex.

“They think it’s curable. They think it’s over,” she says.

Overall, more than 5,600 people have the disease in a seven-county region of Eastern Missouri. Walker says women account for about 15 percent of all new cases.

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