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One in Three

David Malebranche, MD, MPH
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From the Emory University Division of General Medicine, Atlanta, GA 30303.

Requests for Single Reprints: David Malebranche, MD, MPH, Emory University Division of General Medicine, 49 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive, Atlanta, GA 30303; e-mail, dmalebr@emory.edu.

Ann Intern Med. 2005;142(12_Part_1):1021-1022. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-142-12_Part_1-200506210-00014
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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.





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