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.