Author(s): Rao S, Seth P, Walker T, Wang G, Mulatu MS,
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Abstract The 2015 National HIV/AIDS Strategy provides an updated plan to address health disparities in communities at high risk for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection (1,2). Hispanics/Latinos* are disproportionately affected by HIV in the United States. In 2014, 23\% of HIV diagnoses were among Hispanics/Latinos, who represented 16\% of the U.S. population (3). To examine HIV testing services, CDC analyzed 2014 data from the National HIV Prevention Program Monitoring and Evaluation (NHM&E) system submitted by 60 CDC-funded health departments† and 151 community-based organizations. Among Hispanics/Latinos tested, gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) had the highest percentage of HIV diagnoses (2\%). MSM accounted for 19.8\% of HIV test events conducted among Hispanics/Latinos and 63.8\% of Hispanics/Latinos who received an HIV diagnosis in non-health care settings.§ Approximately 60\% of Hispanics/Latinos who received an HIV diagnosis were linked to HIV medical care within 90 days; this percentage was lower in the South than in other U.S. Census regions. HIV prevention programs that are focused on expanding routine HIV screening and targeting and improving linkage to medical care and other services (e.g., partner services) for Hispanics/Latinos can help identify undiagnosed HIV cases and reduce HIV transmission.
This article was published in MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep
and referenced in Journal of Meningitis