The fight against AIDS is far from over for Latinos, but patients are living longer and creating awareness of the disease. Here are the 9 facts you NEED to know:
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Latinos continue to be one of the groups most heavily impacted by the disease HIV/AIDS. Latinos make up 16 percent of the population, but 20 percent of new AIDS cases.
Latinas are four times more likely to have HIV/AIDS than white women.
AIDS is the sixth leading cause of death for Latinos.
1 in 36:
The amount of Latinos who will be diagnosed with HIV? 1 in 36.
1 in 106:
1 in 106 Latinas will be diagnosed with HIV at some point in their life.
Before 1996, a person diagnosed with AIDS was expected to live 18 months.
A person diagnosed with AIDS today is expected to live 24 years.
Puerto Rico has an HIV death rate higher than any other U.S. State or territory, nearly four times the national rate.
It costs as little as $40 to get tested for HIV at home. Here are some suggestions: