The Multicultural Health Institute (MHI) HIV/AIDS Resources

The HIV/AIDS epidemic in African American communities is a continuing public health crisis for the United States. At the end of 2006 there were an estimated 1.1 million people living with HIV infection, of which almost half (46%) were black/African American.

While blacks represent approximately 12 percent of the U.S. population, they continue to account for a higher proportion of cases at all stages of HIV/AIDS-from infection with HIV to death with AIDS-compared with members of other races and ethnicities.


  • AIDS is the leading cause of death among African-American men ages 25-44.

  • In 2007, Blacks accounted for 51% of the 42, 655 (including children) new HIV/AIDS diagnoses in 34 states with long-term, confidential name-based HIV reporting.

  • In 2007, Blacks also accounted for 48% of the 551,932 persons (including children) living with HIV/AIDS in 34 states with long-term, confidential name-based HIV reporting.

  • A study of people diagnosed with HIV found that 56% of "late testers" i.e., those that were diagnosed with AIDS within one year of their HIV diagnosis, were African American. Late testing represents missed opportunities in prevention and treatment of HIV

  • In 2000, Hispanics represented 13% of the U.S. population (including residents of Puerto Rico), but accounted for 19% of the total number of new U.S. AIDS cases reported that year (8,173 of 42,156 cases).

  • The AIDS incidence rate per 100,000 population (the number of new cases of a disease that occur during a specific time period) among Hispanics in 2000 was 22.5, more than 3 times the rate for whites (6.6), but lower than the rate for African Americans (58.1)

Some Online Resources to Explore

HIV in Florida


We are your first stop for HIV/AIDS information, services, and resources in Sarasota, Manatee, DeSoto, and Charlotte County in Southwest Florida.

Faces of HIV in Florida

1781 Dr. Martin Luther King Way, Sarasota, Florida 34234

Phone: 941-706-3362   Fax: 941-225-8198

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