A new National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report states that African Americans and Hispanics are the ethnic groups most affected by HIV.
African Americans account for 44% of the 48,100 new HIV cases diagnosed in 2009, while Hispanics account for 20% of the new HIV cases, but respectively, each ethnic group only accounts for 14% and 16% of the U.S. population.
Regardless of race, the study points out that gay men remain the population most heavily affected by HIV in the United States.
Although gay and bisexual men only represent 2% of the US population, they accounted for more than 50% of all new HIV infections annually between 2006 and 2009.
Let's all work together to change this!
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