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The Special Focus Profiles highlight trends and distribution of STDs in populations of particular interest for STD and HIV prevention programs in state and local health departments. These populations are most vulnerable to STDs and their consequences often lack adequate access to healthcare services in general. For example, in 2011 the majority of the U.S. uninsured were low income. Young adults (19-34) were the age group most likely to be uninsured. One in seven full-time workers (15.3%) was uninsured, and uninsured rates were higher among part-time workers and the unemployed. In 2011, approximately 30% of persons of Hispanic origin were uninsured, and Blacks were more likely to be uninsured than non-Hispanic whites, with 19.5% of this group lacking insurance.* They include women and infants, adolescents and young adults, racial and ethnic minorities, and MSM. The figures cited in this section are located in disease-specific sections of the National Profile, as well as throughout this section.


* U.S. Census Bureau. Income poverty and health insurance coverage in the United States: 2011. [Accessed November 5, 2013]. Available at:


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