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Research Shows Hispanics Unadapted To US Culture At Higher Risk For HIV

 

Unacculturated Hispanics in US at Higher Risk for HIV

 

 

FINDINGS: 
Researchers from UCLA's Division of General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research surveyed 600 Hispanics recruited from Los Angeles County sexually transmitted disease clinics, community-based organizations and needle-exchange programs. They found that those with low levels of acculturation — meaning adaptation to American culture — had fewer HIV tests and no hepatitis C tests, were more likely to test positive for HIV, and had low levels of access to health care.

IMPACT: 
Interventions must be developed that address the cultural and behavioral differences among Hispanics, who are disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS. U.S Centers for Disease Control statistics from 2006 show that while Hispanics constitute approximately 14 percent of the nation's population, they account for 22 percent of new HIV and AIDS cases. The rate of HIV/AIDS among Hispanics continues to rise.

AUTHORS: 
Janni J. Kinsler, Sung-Jae Lee, Jennifer N. Sayles, Allison Diamant and William Cunningham, all of UCLA, and Peter A. Newman, of the University of Toronto

FUNDING: 
The National Institute of Mental Health, UCLA/Drew Project Export, and the UCLA Center for Health Improvement for Minority Elders/Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research

JOURNAL: 
November 2009 issue of the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved

 
Source: University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences


STORY TAGS: ucla, hispanic, spanish speaking, latino, latin, latina, hiv, aids, illness, disease, risk, higher, health, healthcare, wellness, minority, news, std, sexually transmitted



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