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Study says blacks slower to get HIV meds

Posted - Nov. 3, 2004 at 4:20 p.m.



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LOS ANGELES, Nov 03, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- A study released Wednesday concludes African-American HIV patients might receive better treatment from African-American physicians.

The UCLA study said black patients who are treated by white doctors are slower to receive HIV medications than black patients seeing black doctors.

In a survey of HIV patients, it was determined black patients who saw black doctors received their prescriptions an average of four months earlier than those who were treated by white physicians.

Study co-author Dr. William Cunningham said the results seemed to point to poor communications and a lack of trust that black patients have when dealing with white physicians.

Copyright 2004 by United Press International.

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