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HIV and Substance Abuse in Miami-Dade

Miami-Dade County has the highest number of new AIDS cases per capita in the United States. The following statistics illustrate the impact HIV and substance abuse on Miami-Dade's youngest residents:

  • 1 in 4 (27%) newly HIV-infected individuals is between the ages of 13 and 29
  • 93% of newly HIV-infected adolescents/young adults are members of a racial/ethnic minority
  • 75% of newly HIV-infected adolescents/young adults are gay males
  • According to a recent CDC study, 72% of African American and 44% of Hispanic gay males who tested positive for HIV in Miami were unaware of their infection
Substance Abuse:
  • 30% of young adults report binge-drinking in the past 30 days
  • 16% of young adults report drug use in the past 30 days
  • 14% of young adults report alcohol and/or drug abuse in the past year
  • Alcohol and marijuana are the primary abused substances self-reported by young adults in Miami Dade County
  • Other drugs presenting major problems for the young adult population are pain relievers, MDMA or ecstasy, and benzodiazepines