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Fact Sheet: The AIDS Crisis in the United States

Fact Sheet: The AIDS Crisis in the United States

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A fact sheet from Jerome Hunt and Carlos Maza reminds us that AIDS continues to affect many Americans, and the country has some work to do to help those most in need.
A fact sheet from Jerome Hunt and Carlos Maza reminds us that AIDS continues to affect many Americans, and the country has some work to do to help those most in need.

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Published by: Center for American Progress on Dec 01, 2010
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1Center for American Progress | Fact Sheet: The AIDS Crisis in the United States
Fact Sheet: The AIDS Crisis in theUnited States
A Look at the Disease on World AIDS Day 2010
Jerome Hunt and Carlos Maza December 2010
On his 22nd annual World AIDS Day 33.4 million peopleworldwide live wihHIV-AIDS. A home, he HIV-AIDS crisis coninues o aec many Americans.More han1 million peopleare esimaed o be living wih HIV in he UniedSaes while an asounding 56,300 Americans become ineced wih HIV each year. We need o do more o help he communiies and people mos in need.Tis ac shee documens how HIV-AIDS is aecing he Unied Saes, whichcommuniies see he highes raes o inecion, and wha we can do o sop hespread o his disease. Te governmen is sepping up in his regard, bu acion ahe ederal level won’ be enough.
Gay and bisexual men still make up a large percentage of thosediagnosed with HIV-AIDS
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Gay and bisexual men rom all races and ehniciies made up 54 percen o hosediagnosed wih HIV in 2008, a percenage on he rise since 2005.
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Men who have sex wih men in 2007 were 44 o 86 imes as likely o be diag-nosed wih HIV compared o oher men.
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 Approximaely 17,940 men who have sex wih men were diagnosed wih AIDSin he 50 saes, he Disric o Columbia, and he Unied Saes dependen areasin 2008. Tis is a 6 percen increase rom 2005.
 
2Center for American Progress | Fact Sheet: The AIDS Crisis in the United States
Minorities are the hardest hit
African Americans
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 Arican Americans, who represen 12 percen o he U.S. populaion, madeup 52 percen o all diagnoses o HIV in 2008. Tey encompass 46 percen o people living wih HIV in he Unied Saes.
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 Arican Americans experienced he larges increase in raes o HIV diagnoses by ehniciy or race rom 2005 o 2008—wih he rae increasing rom 68 per100,000 o 74 per 100,000.
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 AIDS is he number one killer o black women beween he ages o 25 and 34.
Hispanics
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Hispanics, who make up 16 percen o he U.S. populaion, represen an esi-maed 18 percen o people living wih HIV in he Unied Saes and approxi-maely 17 percen o new inecions each year.
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Mos new inecions o HIV among Hispanic men (72 percen) occur amongmen who have sex wih men, while he rae o new inecions among Hispanic women is almos our imes ha o whie women.
Asians and Pacific Islanders
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 Asian and Pacifc Islanders make up 0.6 percen o people living wih HIV-AIDSin he Unied Saes. Bu his number may be larger because o he underrepor-ing or misclassifcaion o Pacifc Islander and Asians.
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 Asian Americans have lower AIDS raes han whies, and hey’re less likely odie o HIV-AIDS han heir whie counerpars.
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 Asian Americans are less likely o ge esed or HIV-AIDS while he number o repored AIDS cases coninues o increase in his populaion.
 The nation’s capital faces an epidemic but is fighting back
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HIV-AIDS has reached an epidemic rae o inecion in Washingon, D.C., wih3 percen o D.C. residens older han 12 living wih HIV or AIDS.

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