Conference on Latinos and AIDS, held this week in Miami, is
focusing heavily on breaking down HIV stigma in Latino
communities, which health leaders say hampers HIV
education and prevention efforts, Voice of America
"There is too
much stigma [with] negative connotations around a
positive diagnosis," Frank Oldham, executive director of the
National Association of People With AIDS, told VOA
News. "So the result is that people who may be positive
or who are more than likely positive either don't want
to get tested or they're afraid to access treatment
also focused on ways to reduce the high rates of alcohol
and drug use among Latinos that health experts say are
fueling unprotected sex and leading to HIV infections.
According to the
CDC, Hispanics account for about 14% of the U.S.
population but make up about 18% of all new HIV infections.
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