HIV/AIDS Awareness Days

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.


AIDSinfo Resources

AIDSinfo and its Spanish-language companion Web site, infoSIDA, provide HIV/AIDS treatment and research information in both English and Spanish:

Information about HIV/AIDS-Related Research

FY 2010 Trans-NIH Plan for HIV-Related Research [En español]: Comprehensive plan for HIV-related research across all of NIH for 2010. Chapter 5 of this plan focuses on research related to specific populations, including racial and ethnic populations.  Developed by the Office of AIDS Research (OAR).

HIV/AIDS-Related Journal Articles about Hispanics/Latinos: Links to published journal articles and research study results. From PubMed.

HIV/AIDS-Related Clinical Trials for Hispanics/Latinos: Links to federally and privately sponsored clinical trials. From

HIV/AIDS and Latinos [En español]: Information on how HIV/AIDS disproportionately affects Hispanics/Latinos and the need for a preventive HIV vaccine. From the HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN). 

Be the Generation Web Site [En español]: A NIAID initiative to educate communities about HIV vaccine research that includes Spanish-language resources.

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).


  • Blog: Information about using communication tools to reach the Hispanic/Latino community.
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