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Data: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Chart: Axios Visuals

The incidence of HIV across the U.S. has gone down 73% since the first cases were reported in the country four decades ago, but the virus continues to ravage Latino and Black populations.

By the numbers: The Latino communities face four times the rates of HIV infection than white non-Hispanics in the U.S., per the CDC.

  • Latino gay men and Latina heterosexual women are the second and sixth groups most affected, according to CDC data on new diagnoses.
  • Incidence rates among 25-to-34-year-old Latino men have gone up 10% since 2014.

The bottom line: Hispanics and Latinos have lower viral suppression rates than the overall HIV-positive population in the U.S., which indicates they are facing barriers to care and not receiving antiretroviral treatments as needed.

  • They also have lower prescription access to PrEP, which helps prevent infection.

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Latino ingenuity: From the color TV to oral birth control

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

From color TV to medical breakthroughs that led to the birth control pill, Latin America and the Caribbean have had game-changing influences on the world.

Why it matters: Hispanic Heritage Month begins Wednesday and over the next four weeks, the Axios Latino newsletter is highlighting Latinos' contributions to the world, from ancient agricultural practices to more recent innovations in medicine, science and education.

Sep 15, 2021 - Health

Number of states with high obesity almost doubles in 2 years

Photo: Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

The number of states where at least 35% of residents are obese has nearly doubled since 2018, according to data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Driving the news: Obesity rates in 16 states have now reached levels considered high by the CDC. That is up from 12 states in 2019 and nine in 2018.

Latinos get NASA to Mars

Diana Trujillo during a 2019 conference in California. Photo: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Recent missions from the space agency have been made possible with the work of Latino and Latina engineers.

Details: Aerospace engineer Diana Trujillo moved from Colombia to the U.S. speaking no English. She paid her way through school by working as a housekeeper. She is now a lead scientist for the Mars Perseverance rover.