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June, 2007

Hispanic Health Program



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Recent trends show that the HIV/AIDS epidemic continues to disproportionately affect the health of Hispanics, especially women and youth.

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In 2001, 19% of the 42,983 persons reported with AIDS were Hispanic.

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In 2001, from 35 states and 4 territories with name-based HIV reporting, 19% of the 35,032 persons reported with HIV were Hispanic.

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In 2001, 15% of children under 13 reported in the U.S. with AIDS and 22% of children under 13 reported in the HIV reporting areas with HIV were Hispanic.

To be successful, HIV prevention must address the diverse communities affected by the HIV epidemic.  Prevention efforts must focus on groups at greatest risk, particularly young African Americans and Hispanics.  Programs must be relevant to the lives of the target population, i.e. appropriate to age, culture, community standards, and language.  They must be designed with input from the affected community and delivered by organizations and people with credibility in that community.


Since 1999, CDC has received funding through the Minority AIDS Initiative (MAI) to enhance efforts to prevent HIV in communities of color.  CDC supports community-based programs to prevent HIV and capacity- building programs to assist community-based organizations (CBOs); targets education efforts to raise awareness of the importance of HIV testing; supplements surveillance activities to define the magnitude of the epidemic in minority communities; and maintains research to develop and refine prevention programs.

Examples of programs in action:
  CDC funds a number of CBOs that focus on Hispanics. The Hispanic Commission on AIDS and the Hispanic AIDS Forum receive funds under Program Announcement 00100, Community-Based Strategies to Increase HIV Testing of Persons at High- Risk in Communities of Color, to implement innovative strategies to increase the number of high-risk persons and their sex or needle-sharing partners in communities of color who receive HIV prevention counseling, testing, and referral services.  These innovative strategies are intended to increase the number of high-risk persons who get tested for HIV and learn their HIV status.


CDC continues to build the capacity of local communities to prevent HIV.  In particular, CDC will continue to provide financial and technical assistance to programs addressing populations at high risk for HIV infection.  Continued efforts are needed to refine prevention approaches, disseminate effective strategies to communities in need, and expand effective programs to additional sites.  CDC is evaluating its MAI programs to assess the outcomes of this effort and guide future HIV prevention efforts.

For more information, contact the National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention, MS D-21, 1600 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30333: (404) 639-0900:

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