By:  Teresa Mitchell and Blaire Platero


AIDS Facts

Transmission and Prevention

HIV & AIDS in Native Americans



HIV and AIDS in Native Americans


  • AIDS has increased an unbelievable 9,000 percent in the last 11 years.
  • In 1984, there were two Native Americans were diagnosed with AIDS, by 1995 the number was above 1,200 cases.
  • According to the CDC, through December of 1997, American Indians and Alaskan Natives accounted for less then .1% of population but amazingly accounted for .3% of reported AIDS cases.
  • Between 1996 and 1998, the number of HIV cases in Native Americans increased by 33%.  The number of AIDS cases increased by 24%.
  • Native Americans have the fourth highest AIDS case rate per 100,000 people among adults and adolescents.
  • Native American females have an AIDS case rate of 3.8 per 100,000 people compared with white females who have a rate of 2.4 per 100,000 people.
  • The rate of AIDS deaths for Native Americans is 1.3 times that of whites.