Untitled AIDS among Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders. The majority of cases of AIDS reported among "Asian-Americans & Pacific Islanders" have been among men who have sex with men (MSM). View AIDS Cases in Adults and Adolescents by Exposure Category and Race/Ethnicity, Reported through 1999 (US)36 for a tabulated summary of the major modes of HIV infection among Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders.

As ethnic groups, neither the Asian-Americans nor the Pacific Islanders contribute significantly to the total AIDS cases or AIDS deaths in the United States (revisit the figure in Untitled Race to compare AIDS among Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders with other ethnic groups in the US). The "y-scale" of the figure shown below was "magnified" to be able to observe the trend of the "flat line" graph (shown in the figure in Untitled Race ) for AIDS among Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders. [View other references and slides listed below.]

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Untitled Estimated Incidence of AIDS* for Adults/Adolescents by Race/Ethnicity, (Asian-Pacific Islanders and Native Americans), 1985-1999 (US)36

Untitled Compare the figure above (showing AIDS cases among Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders) with AIDS deaths among "Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders" and "American-Indians and Native Alaskans", 1985-1999 (US)36

In the figure shown above, the actual number of AIDS cases are higher among "Asian-Americans & Pacific Islanders" than those for "American Indians & Native Alaskans". However, the combined populations of the "Asian-Americans & Pacific Islanders" were 4-5 fold greater than those of "American-Indians and Native Alaskans" during 1981-2000 ( Untitled US Bureau of Census ). Thus, the values for AIDS cases were normalized relative to the population of the major ethnic groups in the US, using population data from the Untitled US Bureau of Census .

Upon normalization with respect to their ethnic populations, the % AIDS cases among "Asian-Americans & Pacific Islanders" were lower, on a year-to-year basis, than those for "American-Indians and Native Alaskans" (see "bottom figure" of the figure shown below). Overall however, AIDS cases and AIDS deaths among "Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders" and "American-Indians and Native Alaskans" are very much lower than the comparable values observed among other major ethnic groups in the United States.
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Untitled Annual reported AIDS cases (1990-2000) among "Asian & Pacific Islanders (Asian-Pac)" and "American Indians & Alaska Natives (Nat-Amer)" in the United States (US). Top fig. Raw data of annual AIDS cases. Bottom fig: expressed as percent (%) AIDS cases relative to the corresponding population of an ethnic group in a given year. Legends: The "open square" line graph in the bottom figure, refers to the percentage (%) of the total US AIDS cases relative to the total US population in a given year.

Untitled The percent (%) annual AIDS cases relative to the population of "Asian-Americans & Pacific Islanders" in the US is < 0.009% at its peak in 1993 and < 0.004% in 2000. These values are slightly lower compared with those observed among "American-Indians and Native Alaskans" (about 0.012% at its peak in 1995 and about 0.010% in 2000), and very much lower compared with the % AIDS cases for the entire US population (about 0.042% at its peak in 1993 and about 0.015% in 2000). They are even much lower than those observed among African-Americans (about 0.125% at its peak in 1993 and about 0.06% in 2000), Hispanics (about 0.075% at its peak in 1993 and about 0.025% in 2000), or Whites (about 0.025% at its peak in 1993 and about 0.007% in 2000). Read also the general discussion and view figure(s) in the introduction section, Untitled Race . .

Read a comparison of AIDS deaths among "Asian-Americans & Pacific Islanders" and "American-Indians and Native Alaskans".

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