World AIDS Day: Latest Facts On Latinos & HIV

red-ribbonHIV is a serious health threat to Latino communities, who bear a disproportionate share of the HIV burden in the United States. Because there is no single Latino culture, the factors driving the epidemic in this population are as diverse as the communities themselves.

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While prevention efforts have helped to maintain stability in the overall level of new HIV infections among Latinos for more than a decade, this population continues to be affected by HIV at far too high a level.

Hispanics represent approximately 16 percent of the U.S. population, but account for an estimated 19 percent of people living with HIV (220,400 persons) and an estimated 21 percent of new infections (9,800) in the United States each year.