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Making sense of the racial divergence of AIDS and COVID-19
The number of COVID-19 diagnoses grows day by day, but the unequal rate of infection among Black and Latinx people and white people remains constant. Looking back at the AIDS epidemic, René Esparza, assistant professor of women, gender and sexuality studies, finds a striking similarity in the U.S.’s historical treatment of viruses that disproportionally affect minority communities.