News Sections
IU Study Shows HIV, AIDS Risks Just As High In Rural Areas
Updated May 5, 2013 12:59 AM | Filed under: WBIW News
 Print    Archive    RSS

(BLOOMINGTON) - Researchers at Indiana University say that just because you live in a conservative, rural community, that doesn't mean you're less at-risk of contracting HIV, AIDS or other sexually transmitted diseases.

William Yarber, senior director of the Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention at IU Bloomington, says rural living, despite common images and ideals, doesn't protect you from contracting STDs.

When comparing men and women in rural and non-rural areas, a study by Yarber's center shows both groups report near identical numbers of lifetime sexual partners, and frequency of unprotected sex.

What should really raise eyebrows, though, is that rural women are much less likely to get tested for sexually transmitted diseases, making them more likely to pass them along unknowingly. And rural men are significantly less likely to mention anything when they do get tested.

Yarber recommends continuing efforts to educate rural communities about the dangers of STDs, especially deadly HIV and AIDS.

« Previous Article
Next Article »

 Print    Archive    RSS

Have a question or comment about a news story? Send it to

Advertise with 1340 AM WBIW
Find more about Weather in Bedford, IN
Advertise with 1340 AM WBIW

1340 AM WBIW, Bedford's Place To Talk. Serving Lawrence and surrounding counties since 1948!

© 2018 Ad-Venture Media, Inc. All Rights Reserved. and Listen Live Powered by HPC

Advertise  |  Careers  |  Contests  |  About  |  Feedback  |  Public File