According to new HIV incidence data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the overall number of new HIV infections has been steady from 2006 to 2009.
However, the rate of new HIV infections has significantly increased for young African American men who have sex with men (MSM). African American MSM continue to dominate new HIV infections, followed by White MSM, Latino MSM, and African American women. Latino MSM have moved from being the fourth most impacted population to being third in this new report.
The National HIV/AIDS Strategy highlights the need to concentrate our efforts to those most affected by the epidemic, and this new incidence data marks the urgency with which we must direct these efforts. The Latino Commission on AIDS recognizes the importance of how HIV affects Asian and Pacific Islanders, Native Americans, African Americans, Latinos, and White Non-Hispanic Americans. They also recognize the disproportionate impact HIV has had on communities of color since the beginning of the epidemic.
“Only through coming together we can develop new strategic partnerships and collaborations to address the epidemic in all of our communities,” states Guillermo Chacón, President of the Latino Commission on AIDS.