Nanette Benbow

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OBJECTIVES This study assessed mortality associated with the mid-July 1995 heat wave in Chicago. METHODS Analyses focused on heat-related deaths, as designated by the medical examiner, and on the number of excess deaths. RESULTS In July 1995, there were 514 heat-related deaths and 696 excess deaths. People 65 years of age or older were overrepresented(More)
OBJECTIVES We examined correlations between survival and race/ethnicity, age, and gender among persons who died from AIDS-related causes. METHODS We estimated survival among 11 022 persons at 12, 36, and 60 months after diagnosis with AIDS in 1993 through 2001 and reported through 2003 to the Chicago Department of Public Health. We estimated hazard ratios(More)
BACKGROUND We evaluated willingness to participate in CVCT and associated factors among MSM in the United States. METHODS 5,980 MSM in the US, recruited through MySpace.com, completed an online survey March-April, 2009. A multivariable logistic regression model was built using being "willing" or "unwilling" to participate in CVCT in the next 12 months as(More)
BACKGROUND While the U.S. HIV epidemic continues to be primarily concentrated in urban area, local epidemiologic profiles may differ and require different approaches in prevention and treatment efforts. We describe the epidemiology of HIV in large urban areas with the highest HIV burden. METHODS/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS We used data from national HIV(More)
Public health agencies across the country are beginning to view violence as a problem that demands a public health response. However, before such a response can be mounted effectively, there must be a sound data-based understanding of this epidemic. With this in mind, the Chicago Department of Public Health implemented an epidemiological analysis of(More)
This manuscript reports on the publication of a unique document, The Big Cities Health Inventory, 1997: The Health of Urban U.S.A. , which was released in July 1997 by the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH). The report presents data on 20 important health indicators such as AIDS, cancers, tuberculosis, sexually transmitted diseases, homicide, heart(More)
BACKGROUND Anal intercourse (AI) is a highly efficient route for HIV transmission and has not been well elucidated among heterosexual (HET) women. Heterosexual women living in impoverished urban areas in the US are at increased risk for HIV acquisition. We aim to describe rates of AI and characteristics associated with AI among heterosexual women at(More)
BACKGROUND Residents of urban areas have accounted for the majority of persons diagnosed with HIV disease in the United States. Linking persons recently diagnosed with HIV to primary medical care is an important indicator in the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. METHODS We analyzed data reported to the HIV Surveillance System in 18 urban areas in the United(More)