Resources and Support for Minorities Living with HIV


Susan Fishman

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It's Just at the Doctor's Office...Myth No. 9

Millions of Americans are touched by HIV/AIDS every day, but some populations are affected more than others, especially minority groups. African Americans are most affected by HIV in the United States, followed by Hispanics/Latinos, American Indians/Alaskan Natives, Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders, and gay and bisexual men.

Many organizations are working to educate, empower and support these communities in an effort to change the statistics. Here are some you can turn to for support services online and in your community:

  • The National Minority AIDS Council is working every day in minority communities to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic. For more information on how HIV/AIDS affects these groups, visit

  • Minority AIDS Support Services assists in sustaining and improving health, protecting the dignity, and encouraging independent living of people with HIV/AIDS.

  • The Minority AIDS Project (MAP) is a California nonprofit organization that provides free educational and other HIV/AIDS-related support services without regard to age, gender, ethnicity, culture, language or other circumstances. These services are available to all, but with a primary focus on African-American and Latino communities in Central and South Central Los Angeles.

  • Your local health department or community health organization may offer assistance, information and/or programs for people living with HIV/AIDS. For a listing of state departments, visit

General HIV/AIDS Support Groups

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Medical Reviewers: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Mar 21, 2017

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Medical References

  1. HIV/AIDS Resources. Access AIDS Care.
  2. Minorities & HIV. National Minority AIDS Council.
  3. Support Groups.
  4. HIV/AIDS Racial/Ethnic Groups. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  5. HIV Support on the Web. Healthline.

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