Most of the municipalities and small towns are located in the mountainous area.
In July 2002, the island of Puerto Rico had an estimated population approaching 3,816,901 persons, based on data provided by the State Planification Board.
Major migration to the New York area occurred in the 1950s and 1960s because the people were looking for better occupational opportunities.Since the mid-1970s, there has been a reverse migration back to the island.The present report will combine insights on the sexual behavior and beliefs of people living in the island commonwealth and in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area.Puertoricans on the island maintain constant contact with relatives in the eastern U. cities where the HIV infection rate is high (Robles et al. The so-called yo-yo migration between the island and the mainland is a significant factor in the incidence and prevalence of the AIDS (SIDA) epidemic in Puerto Rico (Castro-Alvarez & Ramirez de Arellano 1991).(Unless otherwise noted, all data in this section are July 2002 estimates from The World Factbook 2002, CIA).
: 80.66 years Urban/Rural Distribution: 67% to 33% Ethnic Distribution: Hispanic, Puertorican Religious Distribution: Roman Catholic: 85%; Protestant and other: 15%.Many Puertoricans maintain a strong religious affiliation to Santeria or voodoo, a mixture of Roman Catholic beliefs and practices with West African native religions.Birth Rate: 15.5 births per 1,000 population Death Rate: 7.6 per 1,000 population Infant Mortality Rate: 9.9 deaths per 1,000 live births Net Migration Rate: 2.12 migrant(s) per 1,000 population Total Fertility Rate: 1.9 children born per woman Population Growth Rate: 0.51% HIV/AIDS (on the island): : 10,301; pediatric: 174; adult and adolescents: 10,127 (Puerto Rico Surveillance Report, December 31, 2002). For the convenience of researchers, an Adobe Acrobat (PDF) file of this chapter is available for download above (click the PDF icon), which reflects the actual pagination of the book. FRANCOEUR** Puerto Rico is the easternmost island of the West Indies archipelago known as the Greater Antilles. Carmen Rios, LUPE Program, Raritan Bay Medical Center, 530 New Brunswick Avenue, Perth Amboy, NJ 08861 USA; crios @ . D., Biology Department, University of Puerto Rico at Cayey Campus, Cayey, Puerto Rico, USA 00736; f_velazquez1 @ hotmail.com, glorivee @