20120309 Fact sheet on HIV/AIDS and disability

People with disabilities are often assumed to be at lower risk, and thus face lower of HIV infection rates, than their non-disabled peers. They are believed to be asexual, less likely to use drugs or alcohol, and at a lower risk of violence or sexual assault than the general population.

But a growing body of research shows that these assumptions are wrong—the HIV infection rate among people with disabilities is up to three times as high as people without disabilities.

According to the United Nations, at least one in every ten people—660 million individuals—live with a disability significant enough to make a difference in their daily lives.