U.S. blacks, gay and straight, have biggest struggle with HIV

CHICAGO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As a gay black man growing up in Chicago’s infamous Cabrini Green public housing project, Arick Buckles knows first-hand how the stigma of HIV can keep people infected with the virus from seeking treatment. It took him six years after he tested positive for the human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, to get care. By then, Buckles was frail and wore turtleneck sweaters to hide his severely swollen lymph nodes. “I didn’t want to accept it was the HIV that was disfiguring my face, my neck. It was visible,” Buckles said. …
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