National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day in Pennsylvania: ‘We’re making progress but…’

 

Dr. Gadson speaking at a news conference
Dr. Trish Gadson, of Macedonia FACE, in Pittsburgh, speaks during a Capitol news conference marking an annual observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Day in Pennsylvania

From the Pennsylvania Capital-Star

Black people make up 12 percent of Pennsylvania’s population of about 12.8 million people. But they accounted for 49 percent of HIV diagnoses in 2018 — and to Rep. Brian Sims that’s “racist as hell.”
“A racist system produces a racist result. You don’t need to look at the data to know that,” Sims, D-Philadelphia, said Wednesday, adding, “If medicine only reaches people who look like me, in a state that doesn’t look like me, we’re doing something wrong.”

Jeannine Peterson, CEO of Harrisburg’s Hamilton Health Center, speaks during a Capitol press conference on Wednesday, 2/5/2019 (Capital-Star photo by John L. Micek)

Sims, one of two openly gay House members, was one of several lawmakers and public health advocates who were on hand during a Capitol press conference Wednesday for the 21st annual observation of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day in Pennsylvania.

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