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HIV/AIDS among Hispanics/Latinos

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The HIV/AIDS epidemic is a serious threat to the Hispanic/Latino community. Hispanics/Latinos * comprise 15 % of the U.S. population but accounted for 17 % of all new HIV infections occurring in the United States in 2006 [1, 2]. During the same year, the rate of new HIV infections among Hispanics/Latinos was 2.5 times that of whites. In 2006, HIV/AIDS was the fourth leading cause of death among Hispanic/Latino men and women aged 35–44 [3]. THE NUMBERS Race/ethnicity of persons (including children) with HIV/AIDS HIV/AIDS in 2007 diagnosed during 2007 Hispanics/Latinos accounted for 18 % of the 42,655 (including children) new HIV/AIDS diagnoses in the 34 states with long-term, confidential name-based HIV reporting [4]. • Hispanics/Latinos accounted for 17 % of the 551,932 persons (including children) living with HIV/AIDS in the 34 states with long-term, confidential name-based HIV reporting [4]. • For Hispanic/Latina females living with HIV/AIDS, the most common methods of transmission were high-risk heterosexual contact* * and injection drug use [4]. • For U.S. Hispanic/Latino males living with HIV/AIDS, the most common methods of HIV transmission were (in descending order) [4]: ï sexual contact with other males ï injection drug use ï high-risk heterosexual contact*

Year: 2009
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