September 25, 2011 in Announcements
The eighth annual National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD) is on October 15, 2011, on the last day of Hispanic Heritage month, and is coordinated by the Latino Commission on AIDS and Hispanic Federation to support community mobilization and awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS on Latino communities. This year’s theme is Latinos Unite! Let’s Stay Healthy! Get Tested for HIV!
NLAAD is a national campaign that strives to build capacity for non-profit organizations and health departments to reach Latino communities more effectively, promote HIV testing, provide HIV prevention information that is grounded in Latino cultures, and facilitate access to culturally competent care for Latinos.
The California Department of Public Health, Office of AIDS (OA) continues to join this campaign to draw attention to these concerns and issues and encourages local, regional and national organizations to hold awareness activities on or around October 15th annually to promote HIV prevention, education and testing among Latino populations to the extent that resources permit. OA would also like to recognize the efforts of providers, across the spectrum of services, who work with and on behalf of Latino populations.
Currently, 31% of all persons living with HIV in California are Latino/Hispanic (N=38,164). Latinos/Hispanics make up an increasing proportion of all newly diagnosed cases as well. In 2009 alone, 2,452 Latinos/Hispanics were newly diagnosed with HIV infection, which was almost 40% of all newly diagnosed cases at that time. Over one-third (35%) of the cases newly diagnosed in 2009 occurred among Latinos/Hispanics who were 13 and 29 years old. In 2009, Latinos/Hispanics were more likely than other races/ethnities (41%, p<0.01) to be concurrently diagnosed with AIDS at the same time or within a year of their initial HIV diagnosis, indicating late testing among this population.
In recognition of NLAAD and the unique challenges and issues that HIV/AIDS has on Latinos who are infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS, OA urges persons from all Latino populations to become more aware about the risks of HIV and to get tested and, if positive, to seek medical and support services. Click Service Referral Network to find a HIV test site and medical care facility near you. Click National Latino AIDS Awareness Day to find an NLAAD event near you and relevant resources.
Please share this announcement and information about the Advisory Network with all of your California colleagues and interested friends.