Latino and Hispanic heritage has always been in New Mexico, but it is also growing nationwide. In fact, the most recent census has indicated that Latinos make up over 30% of the United States right now.
The Latino community brings an abundance of wonderful culture to not only our state, but our entire nation. But, as a minority, Latinos are more at risk for HIV. To raise awareness, we’ve put together a list of 10 facts about HIV in the Latino community that might surprise you.
- Out of the estimated 1.1 million people in the United States living with HIV, 220,000 identify as Latino.
- More than one third tested positive for HIV after the virus progressed, making them more at risk for AIDS.
- It is estimated that Latinos account for almost 20% of new infections.
- Most new HIV infections occur among Latino men. 1 in 36 will be diagnosed in their lifetime.
- Latinos are statistically less likely to get tested for HIV, which puts them at a higher risk for infection.
- Male-to-male sexual contact and intravenous drug use are the most common mode of transmission among Latinos nationwide, but this varies based on region.
- The rate of HIV infection among Hispanic women is more than 4 times the risk of white women.
- Since the beginning of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, more than 96,000 Latinos have died from AIDS.
- Because Latinos have more documented HIV infection in their community, it is more likely that a Hispanic person will encounter an HIV-infected partner in their lifetime.
- In the Latino community, HIV and homosexuality are stigmatized, causing at-risk individuals to resist testing and treatment.
If you have never been tested for HIV and want to support your Latino community, now is the time to take action. This October, celebrate National Latino HIV Awareness Month by getting tested for HIV at UNM Truman Health Services.
All HIV testing is confidential and free. It will take less than 30 minutes.
Protect yourself and support your local community! Start talking about HIV and get tested