Today is National HIV Testing Day. HIV affects Black and Latino communities at a disproportionately high rate in the U.S. So we want to take this time to arm you with some statistics* that we hope will motivate you to get tested today… don’t forget to bring a friend!
Blacks represent approximately 12% of the U.S. population, but accounted for an estimated 44% of new HIV infections in 2010. We also accounted for 44% of people living with the HIV infection in 2009.
Unless the course of the epidemic changes, at some point in their lifetime, an estimated 1 in 16 black men and 1 in 32 black women will be diagnosed with HIV infection.
In 2010, African American women accounted for 6,100 (29%) of the estimated new HIV infections among all adult and adolescent African Americans. (This number represents a decrease of 21% since 2008!)
Most new HIV infections among African American women (87%; 5,300) are attributed to heterosexual contact.
Gay and bisexual men account for most new infections among African Americans; young gay and bisexual men ages 13 to 24 are the most affected of this group.
Hispanics/Latinos represented 16% of the population but accounted for 21% of new HIV infections in 2010. Latinos accounted for 19% of people living with HIV infection in 2009.
Hispanic women/Latinas accounted for 14% (1,400) of the estimated new infections among all Latinos in the United States in 2010.
In 2010, Latino men accounted for 87% (8,500) of all estimated new HIV infections among Latinos in the United States.
Most (79% or 6,700) of the estimated new HIV infections among Latino men were attributed to male-to-male sexual contact.
Among Latino men who have sex with men, 67% of estimated new HIV infections occurred in those under age 35.