The HIV/AIDS epidemic has affected persons in all sex, age and racial/ethnic groups in Vermont. This effect, however, has not been the same for all groups. In the beginning of the epidemic the number of cases of HIV infection increased most sharply among white MSM. Although white men who have sex with men (MSM) are still disproportionately affected by the epidemic, recent national trends suggest a shift in the HIV/AIDS epidemic toward women, blacks, and high-risk heterosexual adults. It is important to identify the populations in Vermont that are most affected and are most at risk for HIV infection to better plan HIV prevention and care efforts, as well as to help effectively allocate limited resources.
-Integrated Epidemiologic Profile for HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care Planning in Vermont 2007, Vermont Department of Health