A new study shows that
Native Hawaiians are more than two and a half times more likely to be diagnosed
with HIV/AIDS than Caucasians. HIV-infected Native Hawaiians are also
three times more likely to be hospitalized.
Researchers at the UH Medical
School are not sure about
the reasons behind those disparities. Dr. Cecilia Shikuma is
the Director of the Hawaii
Center for AIDS at the
John A. Burns School of Medicine. She’s disturbed by the
recent data and hopes these findings will lead researchers to look into why
this is occurring.
people in Hawai`i
currently are living with HIV/AIDS.
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(Molly Solomon / HPR News)