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    AIDS & HIV Statistics in the US
    Health/Wellness; Posted on: 2010-04-18 18:42:43 [ Printer friendly / Instant flyer ]

    Don't have sex with blacks or Hispanics. Don't use intravenous drugs or commiserate with anyone who has.

    Black and Hispanic communities have been disproportionately affected by HIV and AIDS in America. Despite their smaller share of the general population, more black people have been diagnosed with AIDS than white people, and they are far more likely to be diagnosed with HIV and AIDS.

    During 2007, 50% of all new HIV diagnoses and 42% of new AIDS diagnoses were in black people yet they comprise around just 13% of the population. In recent years the numbers of HIV diagnoses have remained relatively stable in most ethnic groups.

    Male-to-male sexual contact is probably the single largest factor for all people living with AIDS ranging from 46% of African American males to 84% of Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander males. African Americans and Hispanic males with AIDS are more likely to have been infected through injection drug use, relative to other ethnic groups with around a quarter of infections (26% and 23% respectively) having been caused in this way. For females living with AIDS heterosexual contact accounts for the majority of all infections. However, injection drug use accounts for a greater proportion of White and American Indian/Alaska Native females living with AIDS (40%) than for Asians (11%) or Pacific Islanders (18%).

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