Puerto Rico has an HIV death rate higher than any U.S. state or territory, a rate nearly 4 times the national rate. AIDS United has dedicated significant staff time and resources to create an independent grant making pool for Puerto Rico, as well as engage stakeholders on the island to advise on the most strategic use of resources to combat the epidemic. The direct grants portfolio of $250,000 from a diverse group of funders (Johnson & Johnson, Merck, MAC AIDS Fund, vanAmeringen, Elton John AIDS Foundation) has supported syringe exchange, programs for men-who-have-sex-with-men and women and girls across Puerto Rico.
Click here to read AIDS United's report on the outcomes of its recent community and philanthropy strategy meeting in Puerto Rico.
This statistic excludes the District of Columbia, which is not a state and is somewhat of an anomaly and not comparable to states and territories in that it’s comprised only of a densely populated urban area. Additionally, Guam and the Virgin Islands have insufficient data for calculating HIV death rates.