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HIV/AIDS and Contemporary Population Dynamics

HIV/AIDS emerged in the late 20th century. Believed to have originated in Africa, the disease has spread worldwide. Occurrence of HIV/AIDS and primary means of diffusion vary among regions. Because of the social and economic impacts of this disease, students should have a good understanding of the patterns and processes that define the spread of the disease.

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Family Life Is More Complicated Than Ever

(2020) The coronavirus pandemic—coupled with ongoing demographic trends—is making family life even more complicated for Americans. Millions of families are at increased risk of falling into poverty due to pandemic-related job losses, and social distancing protocols are separating some children from their parents who live in a different household.

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Family, Friends Help Shape Childbearing Choices

(2014) Worldwide, childbearing decisions may be more of a group effort than we realized.

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Sex Workers Promote AIDS Awareness in Senegal

(2000) Senegal's AIDS community turns out in force when the local women's association, called AWA, holds its board meetings. UN advisors, medical personnel, representatives from nongovernmental organizations, and the National AIDS Program come to honor the women for their frontline position in the fight against AIDS.

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U.S. Women, Work, and the COVID Pandemic: Myths and Realities

We examined labor force data and checked in with demographers and economists who follow gender and labor force trends to answer some common questions and bust common myths.

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Where Poverty and Inequality Intersect in the U.S.

Levels of income inequality depend on where you live—higher in California and parts of the Northeast and South, and lower in states in the Midwest and Mountain West.

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Poverty and Inequality Pervasive in Two-Fifths of U.S. Counties

By looking at the intersection of poverty and inequality in local areas—and how this has changed over time—we can produce a more complete picture of U.S. economic health.

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In the News: The Nigerian Census

(2006) Census taking seems a quiet affair to most people in the United States, where the head count runs relatively smoothly and is reliably decennial.

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Hispanics Account for Almost One-Half of U.S. Population Growth

(2006) With a population growth rate of nearly 1 percent a year, the United States is the fastest growing developed country in the world. While many European countries are facing population decline, the U.S. population is growing as fast as or faster than many developing countries. And the total population of the United States (currently at 296 million) is expected to reach 300 million some time this summer—and about 450 million by the year 2050.

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Population and Food Security: Africa’s Challenge (Part 2)

(2012) Almost two of every three people in sub-Saharan Africa live in a rural area, relying principally on small-scale agriculture for their livelihood. Improving agriculture on small farms is critical to reducing hunger.

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