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10 HIV/AIDS Stories That Defined 2011 in the US

December 1, 2011

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HIV/AIDS Among Latinos

HIV/AIDS Among Latinos

As the U.S. epidemic has matured over 30 years, the demographics have changed. Originally, HIV was considered a problem among white, gay men. Now it's a "black and brown" epidemic -- disproportionately affecting African Americans and Latinos.

Of the 1.2 million Americans living with HIV, over 200,000 are Latino. Latinos account for 16% of the country's total population (and rising), but 20% of all new HIV infections. The infection rate among Latinos in 2009 was nearly three times that of whites.

Latino men who have sex with men are particularly vulnerable. Latino men often test late, and the situation among Latinas is not much better. Poverty, lack of access to insurance and health care, the language divide and immigration issues are among the many barriers that we need to overcome.




Rod McCullom has written and produced for ABC News and NBC, and has reported for Ebony, The Advocate, Colorlines, the Black AIDS Institute and others. Rod blogs on politics, pop culture and black gay news at rod20.com.


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