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The Hispanic population is the fastest growing minority in the United States accounting for 13 of the population in 2000 The Hispanic culture has had the most influence of any other cultures in the past five years Salsa music invaded radios and Spanish food sections have invaded grocery stores It seems like Hispanics have a lot to be proud of when the statistics are lined up but one statistic is always forgotten In 2000 Hispanic adolescents aged 13-19 accounted for 20 of the total number of new HIVAIDS cases in the United States officially making the race the fastest growing demographic In 1981 when HIVAIDS first came to the public attention mostly through the media the national awareness level about HIVAIDS was sky-high because the government realized that this was a fast growing epidemic needing immediate attention Twenty-two years later there are medicines that can prolong the life of a person living with HIVAIDS Thus cases of the disease are no longer covered in the news Unfortunately however the age group most affected by the disease these days falls between ages of 13 and 19 Therefore they were not exposed to the barrage of information that was prevalent in the early 1980s Worse 8 of these Hispanic adolescents affected do not even speak or understand English - the language that most HIVAIDS ads are presented in Furthermore many schools do not offer sexual education in their curriculum and since the Hispanic culture does not lend itself to discussing sexual matters with their children information about this disease is not reaching this new demographic Another reason why Hispanic adolescents are the group with the fast growing rates of HIVAIDS is because although medicine is available it is not affordable These children need to know how HIVAIDS is transmitted prevention methods and they need to know where to turn for healthcare What is the single most important societal concern It is the issue that seems to cause
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