Latinos Disproportionately Affected by HIV/AIDS, Less Likely to Be Tested, Treated, Report Says
July 25, 2003
Although Latinos are disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS, they are less likely to be tested or seek treatment for the disease, compared with non-Latinos, according to a report released yesterday by the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors, the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel reports (Hernandez, Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, 7/25). The report, titled "Addressing HIV/AIDS... Latino Perspectives and Policy Recommendations," was released during a Capitol Hill briefing on Latinos and HIV/AIDS held yesterday by NASTAD and the Kaiser Family Foundation, according to a NASTAD release (NASTAD release, 7/23). The report is intended to serve as a "blueprint" for state and local AIDS officials and health care providers throughout the country to create better HIV/AIDS prevention messages aimed at Latinos, the AP/San Francisco Chronicle reports (AP/San Francisco Chronicle, 7/24). Although Latinos make up 14% of the U.S. population, they account for nearly 20% of the 40,000 new HIV cases reported in the United States each year, according to the report (Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, 7/25). NASTAD Director Alberto Santana said that poverty, a lack of health insurance and the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS contribute to the high HIV infection rate and low testing rate among Latinos. He said, "What we have addressed [in this report] is that Latinos do not test. You have people who walk into an emergency room with symptoms and that is how they learn they have HIV." Santana added that another factor in the Latino HIV experience is unprotected sex "during repeated migration between the United States and the immigrants' native country," the AP/Chronicle reports. "What we are saying is that it has to do with the back-and-forth border movement," Santana said (AP/San Francisco Chronicle, 7/24).
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