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By the Numbers

By the Numbers


According to key portions of the Kaiser Family Foundation's survey of Americans, the data reveal that: >'The share naming HIV as the most urgent health problem facing the nation has dropped precipitously -- from 44% in 1995 to 17% in 2006 and to 6% today; > The share of people ages 18 to 29 who say they are personally very concerned about becoming infected with HIV declined from 30% in 1997 to 17% today; > Respondents who said they'd heard, seen, or read "a lot" or "some" about the problem of HIV in the past year declined from 70% in 2004 to 45% in 2009; > The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates HIV rates are seven times higher among African-Americans and three times higher among Latinos than they are among white Americans. But fewer members of these communities say HIV is a "more urgent" problem now than in 2006 (declining from 49% to 40% among African-Americans and from 46% to 35% among Latinos); and > More than half (53%) of nonelderly adults say they have been tested for HIV, including 19% who say they were tested in the past year.

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