- Approximately 220,000 out of the 1.1 million people living with HIV in America are Latino.
- More than one third of Latinos were tested for HIV late in their illness, which means they were diagnosed with AIDS within a year of testing positive.
- In 2009, Latinos made up approximately 16 percent of the U.S. population and accounted for nearly 20 percent of all new HIV cases.
- Latino men accounted for 7,400 (79 percent) new infections among all Latinos. This rate was 2.5 times higher than that of white males in the U.S.
- Hispanic males are nearly 3 times more likely than white males to have AIDS, and Hispanic females are almost 5 times more likely than white females.
- 1 in every 36 Latino men will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime.
- Risk of HIV infection runs hand in hand with cultural factors. Some Latinos avoid testing, counseling, or treatment out of fear of being discriminated against or losing immigration status.
- In 2010, Latino adults and adolescents ranked 2nd highest for new cases of HIV in the U.S. The rate was more than 3 times that of whites but less than half that of African Americans.
- Latinas are less likely than white women to contract HIV through needles or other sharp objects used to inject drugs.
- New York and California topped the list for highest population of Latinos living with HIV in 2010. Across the U.S., just 10 states contained 86 percent of HIV-positive Latinos.
- HIV-positive Hispanic women are nearly 4 times more likely to die from their infection than white women, most likely due to a lack of proper treatment.
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Sources: CDC, KFF, The Body