Two Miami-Area Universities Receive NIH Grants to Study HIV/AIDS, Other Health Issues Among Hispanics
January 2, 2008
NIH's National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities recently awarded five-year grants totaling $13.5 million to two Miami-area universities to research Hispanic health issues -- including HIV/AIDS, other sexually transmitted infections and substance abuse -- the Miami Herald reports.
"There's a growing problem of HIV/AIDS in Miami's Hispanic community, and among Hispanics nationwide," Mario De La Rosa, director of CRUSADA, said, adding, "The population in Miami is in many ways different than in the rest of the country. It hopefully will provide us with some answers as to why Latinos abuse substances and why there's a growing rate of AIDS."
According to CDC, the South Florida metropolitan area -- which includes Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties -- had the highest rate of new AIDS cases per 100,000 people in the U.S. from 2003 to 2005. Only New York City and San Juan, Puerto Rico, had more new reported AIDS cases among Hispanic women in 2004. Experts at UM and FIU said that HIV/AIDS awareness programs aimed at other groups might not be as effective among Hispanics because of cultural and language barriers (Corral, Miami Herald, 12/27/07).
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