HIV Information

HIV Statistics

  • Nearly 1.2 million people in the United States are living with an HIV infection and 1 in 8 are unaware they are infected.
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  • Latinos account for 20% of new HIV infections.
  • Less than half of the Latinos with HIV are receiving medication to treat their infection.
  • The Latino population in the U.S. is projected to increase to 30% by 2050.
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PrEP

Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) is now the most effective method to prevent HIV transmission.

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PrEP is a daily medication (taken as a pill) that can help reduce your risk of getting HIV by more than 90%. Most insurance plans and government health programs cover PrEP. Talk to your doctor, to see if taking PrEP is right for you. More information and resources about PrEP is available at svseries.com/ask-me-about-prep

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HIV & Pregnancy

If you are pregnant living with HIV and taking proper HIV medications, chances are you will not transmit HIV to your baby. Since 1990 the transmission rate of HIV from mother to child in the US has declined by 95%. Fewer babies are being born with HIV.

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If either you or your partner is HIV positive and plan to have children, speak to your medical provider about treatment options available for you to keep you and your baby healthy. For more information and resources about HIV Treatment and Family Planning visit AltaMed.org/HIV

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HIV & Treatment

If you are HIV positive and struggling with your diagnosis, help is available. Unfortunately, only 4 in 10 people living with HIV are on treatment. Accepting your HIV diagnosis can be a huge challenge.

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Talk to your medical provider about the challenges you are facing. To learn more about treatment options for HIV visit AltaMed.org/HIV

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HIV & Substance Abuse

Using alcohol and/or drugs to cope with an HIV diagnosis, sexual orientation or a mental illness can be self-damaging. Although drugs and alcohol can seem like a way out, they will only compromise your health.

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Talk to your medical provider or visit AltaMed.org/HIV for resources that might be available to you.

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