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People who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) are members of every community. They are diverse, come from all walks of life, and include people of all races and ethnicities, all ages, all socioeconomic statuses, and from all parts of the country. The perspectives and needs of LGBT people should be routinely considered in public health efforts to improve the overall health of every person and eliminate health disparities.

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Data and Statistics

This bar chart shows new HIV diagnoses in the United States in 2015 for the most-affected subpopulations. Black men who have sex with men = 10,315; white men who have sex with men = 7,570; Hispanic/Latino men who have sex with men = 7,013; black heterosexual women = 4,142; black heterosexual men = 1,926; Hispanic/Latina heterosexual women = 1,010; white heterosexual women = 968.

Source: CDC. Diagnoses of HIV infection in the United States and dependent areas, 2015 [PDF – 3.9 MB]. HIV Surveillance Report 2016;27.
Subpopulations representing 2% or less of HIV diagnoses are not reflected in this chart.
Abbreviation: MSM=men who have sex with men.

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