24.8% of HIV diagnoses, since the beginning of the epidemic;
Names-based reporting & failure to include Puerto Ricans in the counting of US Latinos means that an estimated 40% of the Latino population remains uncounted in the national HIVF reporting or even HIV reporting.
* According to CDC, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, and D.C., report > 42% of Latinos were diagnosed with full-blown AIDS w/in a year of testing positive—meaning they didn’t become aware of or connected to care for their infection i=until extremely late in the course of their illness .
Predominant participant group in syringe exchange in NY & across the US;
Demonstrated Syringe Exchange to be the (most researched) only DEBI with proven short & long term effectiveness;
Our community has shown courage and commitment to its whole SELF; Synergistic: Behavior of the whole system not implicit in any of the behavioral characteristics of any of the parts of the system when these parts are considered only separately.
As of June 1997, two-thirds of the AIDS cases in Hispanic women were directly linked to injecting drug use: 42.8% of Hispanic women contracted AIDS by injecting drugs, and an additional 23.2% contracted the disease through sexual intercourse with male injecting drug users.
"Of the Nation’s 72.3 million minor children in 1999, 2.1% had a parent in State or Federal prison. Black children (7.0%) were nearly 9 times more likely to have a parent in prison than white children (0.8%). Hispanic children (2.6%) were 3 times as likely as white children to have an inmate parent.“
"In spite of the medical advances in AIDS treatment, AIDS was still a leading cause of death for African American and Latina women age 25 to 54 in 2000. AIDS was among the top five leading causes of death for African American women and was among the top seven leading causes of death for Latinas. Over 60 percent of those AIDS deaths were injection-related."
We are a coalition of humanists mobilizing our communities to end the HIV/AIDS pandemic. We are committed to addressing the injustices and disparities that fuel the spread of HIV/AIDS through the promotion of education, public policy, and corporate and social responsibility.