Word on the Street: Why Are HIV Rates in the Latino Community So High?

Word on the Street: Why Are HIV Rates in the Latino Community So High?

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Lack of culturally appropriate services? Family silence around sex? Or is it the scourge of stigma that's responsible for high HIV rates in U.S. Latino communities? According to a recent CDC count, Latinos accounted for 21 percent of new HIV cases in the U.S., despite representing only 16 percent of the U.S. population. We asked a number of Latino people living with HIV, advocates and professionals, what they think is going on.

Lack of culturally appropriate services? Family silence around sex? Or is it the scourge of stigma that's responsible for high HIV rates in U.S. Latino communities? According to a recent CDC count, Latinos accounted for 21 percent of new HIV cases in the U.S., despite representing only 16 percent of the U.S. population. We asked a number of Latino people living with HIV, advocates and professionals, what they think is going on.