An HIV study made by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention indicated that one-in-four Latino gay who have sexual contact with men are likely to acquire human immunodeficiency virus.

The CDC analysis was presented during the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections held in Boston. The gathering signified the first instance that an HIV estimate of lifetime risks in a country for specific demographics were established.

Dr. Jonathan Mermin, CDC’s Director for National Center for Aids, HIV, STD, Tuberculosis and Viral Hepatitis Prevention said that despite the numbers indicated, the future does not seem hopeless. According to him, it is now the time to act and do something to fight the increasing rate of HIV cases, especially among the gay community.

HIV diagnosis in the United States, including its lifetime risk, is already one out of 99. The study also found out that bisexual men and gays remain more susceptible to human immunodeficiency virus in the US, having one-in-six MSM that is more likely to acquire human immunodeficiency virus in their lifetime. Although black men and Latinos have the more alarming figures, white MSM remains the most affected, with 11 as their lifetime human immunodeficiency virus risk rate.  African Americans, on the other hand, turned out to be the most affected when it comes to ethnic and racial groups.

Meanwhile, those who are injecting drugs were found to be  at higher risk as compared to the overall population. The research further revealed that people from the South are at a higher lifetime risk to get HIV compared to other Americans. However,  states like Washington, D.C. with one-in-13, Georgia with one-in-51, Maryland with one-in-49, Louisiana with one-in-56 and Florida with one-in-54 were listed to have the highest risk topped the US list.

HIV protection is what health officials are continuing to advocate including tools such as vaginal rings to fight the disease, Huffington Post reported.