- More than one million people are living with HIV in the U.S.
- 1.7 million people have been infected with HIV.
- 619,000 have died of the disease.
- 50,000 Americans become infected with HIV every year.
- One in five persons living with HIV is unaware of their infection.
- MSM (men who have sex with men, whether they self-identify as homosexual or not), particularly young, black MSM, are the most severely affected by HIV.
- By race, African Americans face the most severe HIV risk, followed by Latinos.
LATINOS AT RISK Latinos/Hispanics represent 16% of the U.S. population and account for 20% of new infections and according to the CDC, about 18,000 have died.
The CDC suggests that the markers for contraction of the disease in the Latino community are lack of awareness of HIV infection status, poverty, no medical care, stigma and homophobia. In many households the macho image still rules, and the use of protection is out of the question. Women often contract the disease because their partners have affairs and are infected by the third party. Other partners might be closet homosexual males who infect their wives.
The message from the WHO and CDC is clear: no one is immune to HIV. Get tested, get informed and protect yourself. Let’s get it down to zero!