Persons Living with HIV/AIDS
Certain populations are much more likely to contract HIV/Aids than others. African Americans makeup only about 13 percent of the population of the United States but represent almost half of those living with HIV or AIDS. Racial disparities are especially pronounced among young people. Blacks comprise 69 percent of HIV-positive youth ages 13-19, even though they make up only 17 percent of the population. Latinos face three times the HIV infection rates as whites. Men who have sex with men represent 2 percent of the U.S. population but account for 61 percent of all new HIV infections. Racism, poverty, incarceration, and other social factors contribute to a heightened risk. Adequately serving this population involves:
HIV/AIDs Basics, Aids.gov
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