Ryan White and Latino AIDS Awareness Day

Ryan White and Latino AIDS Awareness Day

September 25, 2017
Latino AIDS Day

Latinos, who comprise 17% of the U.S. population, bear a disproportionate HIV/AIDS burden. In 2014, Latinos represented 24 percent of new HIV diagnoses. Latino men who have sex with men (MSM) represent the majority of Latino HIV and AIDS cases (84%). Overall, Latino HIV cases declined from 2005 to 2014 but increased among Latino MSM.

Ryan White Living History (José: Mucho Orgullo)

Ryan White and Latinos

According to the 2015 HRSA client level data report, 22.7% of Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) clients were Hispanic/Latino. More specifically:

  • Among Hispanic/Latino male clients, 61.9% had HIV infection attributed to male-to-male sexual contact, 25.8% to heterosexual contact, and 8.2% to injection drug use.
  • Among Hispanic/Latina female clients, 85.4% had HIV infection attributed to heterosexual contact, 8.7% to injection drug use, and 4.4% to perinatal infection.
  • Among Hispanic/Latino transgender clients, 92.7% had infection attributed to sexual contact, 5.0% to sexual contact and injection drug use, and 1.7% to injection drug use. 

Latino Clients of the RWHAP, 2015

Hispanic/Latino Clients Served by RWHAP, Gender & Transmission Risk Category, 2015

Ryan White Makes a Difference

  • Hispanic/Latino men had a viral suppression rate (85.9%) that was higher than the national RWHAP average (83.4%) while their retention in care average (82.4%) was comparable to the national RWHAP average (80.6%).
  • Latinas had a higher retention in care percentage (86.6%) than the national RWHAP average (80.6%); viral suppression (85.2%) was relatively consistent with the national RWHAP average (83.4%). 

Latinos and Ryan White 2015, Viral Suppression

Viral Suppression among Hispanic/Latino Men Served by RWHAP, 2015

TA and Training Resources

Access TA and training resources for Latino populations on the TARGET Center's cultural competency topic pageHighlights include:

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