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For Immediate Release
February 25, 2016
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The Latino Commission on AIDS Releases “The HIV Crisis among Hispanic Men Who Have Sex with Men” Brief
The Latino Commission on AIDS Releases  “The HIV Crisis among Hispanic Men Who Have Sex with Men” Brief

Thursday, February 25th, 2016 New York, NY - On February 25th, the Hispanic Health Network/Latino Commission on AIDS released the “The HIV Crisis Among Hispanic/Latino MSM” Brief, to bring attention to the health crisis faced by Hispanic/Latinos Men who have Sex with Men (MSM), in the United States. The Brief, authored by David Garcia Ed.D, MPH; Gabriela Betancourt, MA, MPH; Luis Scaccabarrozzi, MPH and Alberto Jacinto, brings light to many concerning statistics related to the health outcomes of Hispanic/Latino men who have sex with men and offers recommendations to address this health crisis.

While Latinos are 17% of the US population, they accounted for 24% of all HIV infections in 2014. In 2014, every 54 minutes a Latino MSM was diagnosed with HIV in the United States and US territories. More concerning, there was a 28% increase in HIV infections among Hispanic/Latino young MSM (ages 13-24) between 2010 and 2014. Issues such as homophobia, poverty, stigma, and lack of insurance coverage are contributing factors to this situation.

“The development of innovative, community driven and realistic strategies to address this health crisis is improved by better understanding the realities that contribute to high-risk sexual behaviors and increased HIV risks among both foreign-born and US born Latino/Hispanic MSM” urged Guillermo Chacon, President of the Latino Commission on AIDS & founder of the Hispanic Health Network.

The HIV Crisis among Hispanic Men Who Have Sex with Men

The Latino Commission on AIDS (Commission) is a nonprofit membership organization founded in 1990 dedicated to meet the health challenges and addressing the impact of HIV/AIDS. The Commission is the leading organization coordinating National Hispanic Hepatitis Awareness Day (May 15), National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (October 15), Latinos and the Deep South, and other prevention, research, capacity building, and advocacy programs across the United States and its territories. The Latino Commission is the founder of the Hispanic Health Network, dedicated to eliminate health disparities in our communities. For more information visit: or

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