The invisible US Hispanic/Latino HIV crisis: Addressing gaps in the national response

Vincent Guilamo-Ramos, Marco Thimm-Kaiser, Adam Benzekri, Guillermo Chacón, Oscar R. López, Luis Scaccabarrozzi, Elena Rios

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The federal government has proposed an end to HIV transmission in the United States by 2030. Although the United States has made substantial overall progress in the fight against HIV/AIDS, data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have raised concerns about widening, yet largely unrecognized, HIV infection disparities among Hispanic and Latino populations. This commentary identifies underlying drivers of increasing new HIV infections among Hispanics/ Latinos, discusses existing national efforts to fight HIV in Hispanic/ Latino communities, and points to gaps in the federal response. Consideration of the underlying drivers of increased HIV incidence among Hispanics/Latinos is warranted to achieve the administration's 2030 HIV/AIDS goals. Specifically, the proposed reinforcement of national efforts to end the US HIV epidemic must include focused investment in four priority areas: (1) HIV stigma reduction in Hispanic/Latino communities, (2) the availability and accessibility of HIV treatment of HIV-positive Hispanics/Latinos, (3) the development of behavioral interventions tailored to Hispanic/ Latino populations, and (4) the engagement of Hispanic/Latino community leaders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27-31
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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