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Racial minorities, homeless people, incarcerated populations and rural communities are among those most affected.

Science correspondent Jon Cohen has received the American Society of Microbiology’s 2011 Public Communications Award for his package of reports on Eastern Europe’s HIV/AIDS epidemic.

The award, which includes a $2500 honorarium, recognizes outstanding journalistic achievement in increasing public awareness, knowledge, and understanding of microbiology. Cohen accepted the award during a 22 May ceremony at the Society’s annual meeting in New Orleans.