AIDS among Hispanics. Hispanics, a very diverse group of Mexicans, Cubans, Central and South Americans and Caribbeans, is the fastest growing ethnic group and has just surpassed African-Americans as the largest "non-White" ethnic group in the United States (visit
US Bureau of Census
for more details).
Hispanics have the third highest number of AIDS cases and deaths, after Whites and African-Americans (see Figures 1 & 2 below and the figure in
). HIV infection through injection drug use (IDU), followed closely by men who have sex with men (MSM), and a combination of the two (MSM-IDU) account for almost 80% of the AIDS cases among Hispanics. 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 Hispanics, African-Americans and Whites.