Latinx With HIV/AIDS

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Over the years, the growing numbers of Latinx suffering from HIV/AIDS, albeit having decreased overall, has become a larger epidemic in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about a quarter of all new diagnosis of HIV in the United States come from those within the Hispanic and Latinx community, “ despite representing about 18% of the total US population.” (CDC)

Source: CDC. Diagnoses of HIV infection in the United States and dependent areas, 2015. HIV Surveillance Report 2016;27

Again, despite the new found HIV and AIDS prevention that has come to light, an “estimated annual HIV infections increased 14% among Hispanic Latino gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men” in 2014. (CDC) The lack of awareness within the latinx community occurs from the traditional bias of gender and sexuality roles. In many Hispanic cultures people value a “strong” Man in a relationship— machismo another term for strongman— whether it be in a heterosexual relationship or homosexual relationship. (Marin) However because of this concept of  machismo, men continue to battle to maintain their masculinity by pursuing multiple partners at once, which speaks to the possibility of contracting HIV/AIDS. Which in turn affects both men and women of all sexualities. (Marin) The implementation of tradition has created culture of Fear for men to show their strong and independent side, because of this men have resorted to not using protection and instead enforcing the need to prove themselves.

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