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Latinos in the United States and HIV/AIDS
As the largest minority group in the U.S., Hispanics are disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS. In 2013, Hispanics comprised 17% of the U.S. population or 54 million people,[1] yet represented 23% of the HIV/AIDS cases that same year.[2] In 2013, there were an estimated 5,773 cases of AIDS diagnosed among Hispanics/Latinos in the US. Since the beggining of the epidemic, approximately 125,051 Latinos died from AIDS.

Latina Women and HIV/AIDS
For Hispanic/Latina women living with HIV/AIDS, the most common methods of HIV transmission are: 1) high-risk heterosexual contact and 2) injection drug use (IDU). In 2013, heterosexual contact accounted for 86% of diagnosed HIV infections among Latinas.

Latino Men who have sex with men (MSM)
For Latino men living with HIV, the most common mode of transmission is sexual contact with another man. In 2013, 72% of all Hispanics living with HIV/AIDS in the U.S reported male-to-male sexual contact as the transmission category.

Latinos, Drug Use, and HIV/AIDS
Approximately 1 in 10, or 10% of HIV diagnoses among Hispanics/Latinos in 2013 were attributed to injection drug use, including 3% of cases among MSM and IDU.

Latino Youth and HIV/AIDS
Hispanic/Latino adolescents in the U.S. face unique obstacles that help account for their disproportionately high rate of HIV infection. In 2013, an estimated of 2,045 Latino youth ages 24 years and younger were diagnosed with HIV in the U.S., which represented 20% of all the diagnoses in this age group.





[1] United States Census Bureau. (2015, June 8). USA QuickFacts.
http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/00000.html


[2] Note: Unless otherwise noted, all statistics represent data from the CDC’s HIV Surveillance Report of the United States and its six dependent areas from the year 2013, the year in which the most recent data is available. Citation information follows below. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2015, February). HIV Surveillance Report, 2013; vol.25.
http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/pdf/g-l/hiv_surveillance_report_vol_25.pdf










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