Washington: A new study has revealed that at the height of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s, men who were married were significantly less likely to die of HIV/AIDS than their divorced or otherwise single counterparts.

On the other hand, for women, marital status had little impact on who was more likely to die of the disease. However, race proved to be a significant risk factor, with African-American women nine times more likely to die of HIV/AIDS and Latinas seven times more likely to die of the disease than white women.

The study by University of California, Riverside (UCR) sociology professor Augustine Kposowa, 'Marital status and HIV/AIDS mortality: evidence from the US National Longitudinal Mortality Study', is the first to examine the effects of marital status on deaths of individuals with HIV/AIDS.
Kposowa's analysis of 11 years of mortality data found that marital status was a significant risk factor for men, but not women.

Divorced and separated men were more than six times more likely to die of AIDS than married men, and those who had never married were 13.5 times more likely to die of the disease than those who were married.

(Agencies)

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