National Latino AIDS Awareness Day
October 15, 2009
October 15 is National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD). The purpose of the annual observance is to raise awareness to help stem the spread of HIV/AIDS in the Hispanic/Latino community.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the HIV epidemic disproportionately impacts the Hispanic/Latino community. Hispanics/Latinos comprise 15% of the U.S. population, but accounted for 18% of all new HIV/AIDS diagnoses in the 34 states with long-term, confidential, name-based HIV reporting in 2007.
The theme of this year's NLAAD is "United: We can stop HIV and prevent AIDS." The theme speaks to the importance of working together to improve access to quality HIV/AIDS services within Hispanic/Latino communities nationwide.
The links on this page provide information about NLAAD and resources on treatment, prevention, and research related specifically to the Hispanic/Latino community.
National Latino AIDS Awareness Day Web Sites
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) National Latino AIDS Awareness Day Web Site
2009 Statement by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), on National Latino AIDS Awareness Day [En español]
2009 Statement by Dr. Howard Koh, Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Regarding National Latino AIDS Awareness Day [En español]
2009 Statement by Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health (NIH), on National Latino AIDS Awareness Day
2009 Statement by Dr. Kevin Fenton, the Director of the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), on National Latino AIDS Awareness Day
CDC National Latino AIDS Awareness Day Web Site [En español]
AIDSinfo and its Spanish-language companion Web site, infoSIDA, provide HIV/AIDS treatment and research information in both English and Spanish:
Hispanic/Latino-Specific HIV/AIDS Resources
Training for Health Care Providers
- Guide to Language Access Services in Health Care Organizations: Reference for health care organizations to implement effective language access services for patients with limited English proficiency. Available in PDF from the Office of Minority Health (OMH).
- Cultural Competency Web Site: Information on cultural competency, including links to capacity building assistance (CBA) for health care providers. From the National Minority AIDS Education and Training Center (NMAETC).
- AIDS.gov Blog: Information about using communication tools to reach the Hispanic/Latino community.