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This summer I was enrolled in the Core 116 course as part of the OUS program. This course is based on the study of AIDS, thus I was not surprised that on the first day of class I was asked questions relating to AIDS in my area, specifically Bronx, NY 10472.
The questions were:
“How many cumulative AIDS cases since 1980 have been diagnosed in the zip code
10472?” (My answer to this was 100,000 cases)
“What % of the cumulative AIDS cases since 1980 in the zip code 10472 is
Hispanic?” (I guessed 75-80%)
“What % of the cumulative AIDS cases since 1980 in the zip code 10472 resulted
from heterosexual transmission?” (I guessed 90%)
“Which zip code in the Bronx would you expect to have the most cumulative AIDS
cases? Why?” (I also guessed 10455)
Now before I provide you with the correct answers to the questions above, I wish to tell you why and how I came to my guesses. My guess to the first question was pretty simple. Two decades in what I believe to be a highly sexually active and populated area has to have had a good number of AIDS cases over time, therefore I guessed 100,000. Keep in mind that I’ve only lived in this area for about six months. As well, the zip code that I live in, 10472, is mostly Hispanic. Thus of all the AIDS cases that could have occurred in the area since 1980 at least three quarters had to be Hispanic. Also my impressions of the area makes me think that it consists mainly of heterosexual relationships, thus 90% of the cumulative AIDS cases must have resulted from heterosexual transmission. Finally of all the area codes in the Bronx, I could only remember the one where I spent most of my time growing up, 10455.