CDC underscores HIV threat to Latinos

Challenges: limited health care, language barriers

HIV remains a significant threat to the health of Latino communities in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns.

Latinos are becoming infected with HIV at a rate three times greater than whites. While Latinos represent just 15% of the U.S. population, they make up 18% of those living with HIV /AIDS. Among Latinos, men who have sex with men are the most heavily affected by HIV, accounting for more than half of all new HIV infections among this population group in 2006.

Challenges include health care access, language barriers, migration, discrimination, socioeconomic status, and stigma surrounding homosexuality and HIV.