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Despite progress, HIV racial divide persists

By the time Arthur Harris turned 17, he had already endured a childhood of grinding poverty in Hartford’s North End, the death of his mother, and the rejection of a community that viewed homosexuality as a sin. It should have come as no surprise to anyone, then, that he went searching for love and acceptance wherever he could find it — a search that led him to contract HIV before he was 18. The virus, which can lead to AIDS if untreated, disproportionately affects African-Americans all over the country, including in Connecticut. Continue Reading →

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To improve health, raise ‘insurance literacy,’ experts say

Studies show people would rather go to the gym or pay taxes than pick a health insurance plan. And experts say that’s a problem for policymakers trying to improve the health of the population and ensure that the expansion of insurance coverage under the federal health law does more than give a lot of people new insurance cards. Continue Reading →

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Study: Black women twice as likely to be re-hospitalized after childbirth

Black women in Connecticut were twice as likely as white women to be readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of childbirth, and Hispanic women were nearly 50 percent more likely than whites to be readmitted, according to a study published this month in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology. Continue Reading →

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Survey says: CT kids are healthy, adults say they’re healthy, but gaps persist

The vast majority of Connecticut adults say their health is good, very good or excellent, even though nearly half have diabetes, hypertension, asthma, heart disease or cancer. And on many health measures, blacks and Hispanics fare far worse than their white counterparts. The results are part of a survey of state residents funded by six foundations. Continue Reading →

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