HIV Diagnoses Up in Gay, Bisexual Latino Men

Despite an overall decline in new HIV diagnoses among the Latino population in recent years, the number of new cases increased sharply among Latino men who have sex with men (MSM), according to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The report, published in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, underscores the serious health threat HIV continues to pose for many Latinos.

Key findings of the report reveal:

-The rate of HIV diagnoses declined among Latinos overall, from 28.3 per 100,000 population to 24.3 per population, between 2008-2013

-The number of diagnoses increased 16 percent among Latino MSM, from 6,141 to 7,098, during the same time period

-Latinos are disproportionately affected by HIV infection – in 2013, the rate of HIV diagnosis among Latinos (18.7) was nearly 3 times that of whites (6.6)

Click here for a CDC fact sheet on HIV and AIDS among Latinos.