Let’s face it, HIV, Hep C and other STI’s, put a serious crimp in living free. Here are some facts you need to know…
Black Women and HIV:
Fifty-three percent of all women diagnosed with HIV in Travis County are Black, yet we are just nine percent of the female population in Travis County. 92 percent of us get HIV through unprotected sex with an HIV infected man. Read one woman’s true story here.
Latinas and HIV
In Travis County, one out of 20 people diagnosed with HIV are Latina. Eighty-six percent of us get HIV diagnoses from unprotected sex with a man.
MSM and HIV
Men who have sex with men represent 2 percent of the U.S. population but account for 61 percent of all new HIV infections. The rate of Black men living with HIV/AIDS in Travis County is 2.5 times higher than the rate for White or Hispanic males.
We are at highest risk of contracting HIV and dying from it.*
Almost 1 million adults identify as transgender in the United States. Of the nearly 2,400 diagnosed with HIV from 2009 to 2014, Eighty-four percent of us were transgender women, 15 percent were transgender men and less than 1 percent (16) had another gender identity. Approximately half of transgender people with HIV live in the South.
Seniors and HIV
Nearly one-fifth of people living with HIV in the United States are age 55 and older. Many were diagnosed with HIV in their younger years. However, thousands of older people get HIV every year with people of color diagnosed at higher rates.
You and HIV
HIV does not discriminate, but people of color are at much higher risk. Make a free appointment today to learn ways to stay HIV and STD free and take care of your sexual health. Get tested, get treated, get well.