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New cases of HIV Infections continue to rise among gay and bisexual Latinos, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Latin Post reports.
At the 2015 National HIV Prevention Conference, CDC officials revealed new HIV infections have been declining for most groups, including Latinas, but for young gay and bisexual Latinos the number of cases of new HIV infections has been rising. Between 2005 and 2014 the number of new HIV infections among Latino men spiked 24 percent.
“Much more must be done to reduce new infections and to reverse the increases among Latino men. There is hope that the National HIV/AIDS Strategy and other efforts are beginning to pay off, but we can’t rest until we see equal gains for all races and risk groups,” Jonathan Mermin, M.D., director of CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, said in a statement.
In 2013 Latinos accounted for one-third of all new HIV infections in the U.S. while only representing 17 percent of the U.S. population, according to the CDC.
To learn more about how HIV affects Latinos and for resources, visit the Storify of our recent #SaludTues tweetchat on HIV and Latinos here.