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Ryan White and Latinx AIDS Awareness Day

October 1, 2020

TargetHIV

National Latino AIDS Awareness Day

Latinos represent 26% of new HIV diagnoses in the United States, but make only 18.3% of the overall population (CDC, 2020). Most new HIV cases among Latinos are among men who have sex with men, MSM; these increases are concentrated in Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, New York, Texas, and Puerto Rico (CDC, 2018). 

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Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program and Hispanic/Latino Individuals

Nearly three-quarters of RWHAP clients are from racial/ethnic minority populations. According to the 2018 HRSA client level data report, 23.2% of Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) clients were Hispanic/Latino. Review the HRSA Fact Sheet, Hispanic/Latino Clients: Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, 2018 (HRSA, January 2020).

From 2010 through 2018 (the time period where client-level data are available), viral suppression increased across all RWHAP racial/ethnic populations (HIV Care Outcomes: Viral Suppression, 2018, HRSA 2019). For RWHAP Hispanic/Latino clients, viral suppression increased from 73.6% to 89.1% over this time period (89.3% for Hispanic/Latino men and 88.7% for Latinas). 

chart showing viral load suppression among different demographic groups. Latinos have a rate slightly higher than average.

Viral Suppression among Clients Served by the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, by Race/Ethnicity, 2010 and 2018—United States and 3 Territories

Innovation Projects

Latinx people with HIV have been the focus of several recent HIV care innovation projects supported by HRSA. Explore our listing of replication resources for these projects.

TA and Training Resources

Access TA and training resources for Latino populations on TargetHIV's cultural competency topic page as well as the full collection of materials in Spanish.

Recent additions include: 

Continuity of Care: U.S.-Mexico Border AETC Steering Team (UMBAST)

This collaborative project spans the four U.S. states that border Mexico, and provides onsite training for border clinicians and community health workers (in English and Spanish). UMBAST has also produced care continuity resources to assist providers with patients returning to Mexico and Central America, or those with patients detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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