What?! Black Doctors Embarrassed To Test Black Patients For HIV

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Black HIV testDespite African-Americans being one of the highest groups in the United States at risk of contracting HIV, Black physicians still find it hard to recommend HIV tests to their patients, a new study reports.

According to the study, Black physicians are embarrassed to address the social stigmas that Blacks bring into the office of the disease, so they often  refrain from addressing the realities and the impact that HIV and AIDS is having on the community.

The survey found that three of the top five barriers to routine testing cited by African-American physicians related to social stigma. Specifically, physicians are concerned that patients may perceive the recommendation to test as accusatory or judgmental (57 percent); would not want to be identified as HIV positive and would worry about people finding out (48 percent); and would be offended due to the stigma associated with HIV (43 percent).

Read more at BET.com

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