David Malebranche, MD, MPH
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Malebranche D.; One in Three. Ann Intern Med. 2005;142:1021-1022. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-142-12_Part_1-200506210-00014
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2005;142(12_Part_1):1021-1022.
A few years ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that one out of every three black men who have sex with men are HIV positive. Since I am a physician who happens to be both black and homosexual, I belong to this risk group. For me, getting an HIV test is a yearly ritual—it's something many black men who have sex with men do because of the fear embedded in our psyches for simply being who we are.
During my latest doctor's visit, a nurse drew my blood and told me to return for my test results in a week. I left with the usual amount of anxiety that accompanies an HIV test, keenly aware of my “risk group” status. One week later, I returned to the clinic, and after I waited for what seemed to be 2 hours (although in reality it was only 30 minutes), a nurse informed me that my test results had not yet returned.
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