Compare the figure above (showing AIDS deaths) with AIDS cases among "American-Indians and Native Alaskans" and "Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders"

In the figure shown above, the actual number of AIDS deaths cases are lower among "American Indians & Native Alaskans" compared "Asian-Americans & Pacific Islanders". However, the combined populations of the "American-Indians and Native Alaskans" were 4-5 fold less than those of the "Asian-Americans & Pacific Islanders" 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 "American-Indians and Native Alaskans" were higher, on a year-to-year basis, than those observed among "Asian-Americans & Pacific Islanders" (see "bottom figure" of the figure shown below). Overall however, AIDS cases and AIDS deaths among "American-Indians and Native Alaskans" and "Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders" are very much lower than the comparable values observed among other major ethnic groups in the United States.