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Redefining HIV/AIDS for Latinos: A Promising New Paradigm for Addressing HIV/AIDS in the Hispanic Community

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Publication Date: January 2006

Publisher(s): National Council of La Raza

Author(s): Britt Rios-Ellis; Britt Rios-Ellis

Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Topic: Health (Diseases and disorders)
Health (Health services for minorities)

Keywords: Economic inequality; Hispanic population; Acculturation; Citizenship documentation

Type: Report

Coverage: United States United States


The National Council of La Raza-California State University, Long Beach Center for Latino Community Health, Evaluation, and Leadership Training (NCLR-CSULB Center for Latino Health) released this report which discusses the growing HIV/AIDS crisis in the Latino community and outlines a new paradigm for addressing HIV/AIDS. Hispanics make up 14% of the U.S. population but account for one of every five people currently living with HIV/AIDS in the country, including a disproportionate number of women and youth. While much has been done to make this chronic disease more manageable for other communities, Hispanics – in particular Latinas in monogamous relationships – are more likely to die from the disease and less likely to receive quality medical care. The report combines the Center's own extensive research and a review of the existing academic literature on the issue.