Native Hawaiians Disproportionately Affected By HIV/AIDS

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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.

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Approximately 3,000 people in Hawai`i currently are living with HIV/AIDS.

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(Molly Solomon / HPR News)