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Dancing the Night Away; Keeping HIV at Bay

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Science  13 Jul 2012:
Vol. 337, Issue 6091, pp. 181-182
DOI: 10.1126/science.337.6091.181

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To understand the spread of HIV and effectively intervene, researchers have long sought out people at risk, from gay men and injecting drug users in some populations to young women and migrant men in others. But there has been a push in the past few years to focus on venues where the uninfected and infected mingle. And in Baltimore, two venues that are receiving increased attention from researchers and public health officials have little in common other than the fact that they both involve dancing: clubs that stage "house/ball" events popular with African-American men who have sex with men, and bars that feature strippers who cater to all races of heterosexual men.