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10 HIV/AIDS Stories That Defined 2013 in the U.S.

December 1, 2013


Latinos and the Epidemic

Latinos and the Epidemic

The demographics of the domestic HIV/AIDS epidemic have changed as it enters its fourth decade. HIV was initially believed to be a problem for white, gay men. Now it's largely seen as a "black and brown" epidemic -- disproportionately affecting African Americans and Latinos.

Latinos have become the largest minority in the United States -- and seroconversions are also rising. Latinos represent about 16 percent of the population and about 20 percent of all new infections. They experience a wide array of health disparities: Latino men are three times as likely to be infected as compared to white men. Latinas are four times as likely to become HIV positive compared to white women. Latino men who have sex with men are also disproportionately impacted.

New interventions are being developed across the country -- especially in rural areas and the South, where new HIV cases, as well as Latino populations, are rising. Poverty, lack of access to health care and insurance, language barriers, immigration and criminalization are among the many challenges that must be addressed.

Rod McCullom has written and produced for ABC News, NBC and FOX, The Atlantic, the Los Angeles Times, EBONY, POZ and many others. Read his blog at Rod 2.0.

Copyright © 2013 Remedy Health Media, LLC, Inc. All rights reserved.

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