HIV/AIDS Awareness Days

National Latino AIDS Awareness Day

October 15, 2010

October 15 is National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD). The purpose of this annual observance is to increase awareness of HIV/AIDS in the Hispanic/Latino community. According to the 2008 surveillance data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in the 37 states with confidential name-based HIV reporting, the Hispanic/Latino community continues to be disproportionately affected by HIV infection, as the number of Hispanics/Latinos who receive a diagnosis of HIV infection has been increasing over the past several years. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is committed to addressing this disparity in the Hispanic/Latino community.

Each year, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of AIDS Research (OAR) develops a Trans-NIH Plan for HIV-Related Research. The section of the FY 2011 Plan devoted to “Reducing HIV-Related Disparities” includes a section on research related to racial and ethnic populations. 

The links on this page provide information about National Latino AIDS Awareness Day and resources about HIV prevention, treatment, and research, including information specifically related to the Hispanic/Latino community.

HIV/AIDS-Related Research and Latinos

FY 2011 Trans-NIH Plan for HIV-Related Research: Comprehensive plan for all NIH HIV-related research for 2011, from OAR, NIH. The “Reducing HIV-Related Disparities” section of the plan includes research related to specific populations, including racial and ethnic populations.

Clinical Trials Related to HIV for Hispanics/Latinos: Studies seeking primarily Hispanic/Latino volunteers, provided by the AIDSinfo clinical trial search. In addition to these studies, Hispanics and Latinos can also participate in many other studies. People interested in other HIV/AIDS clinical trials can search for trials on the AIDSinfo Clinical Trials page. To help narrow your search for clinical trials, Live Help, a service of AIDSinfo, is available to provide one-on-one assistance via the Internet. Spanish-speaking health information specialists are also available via Ayuda en Vivo and by calling 800-448-0440.

Recent HIV Research Related to Hispanics/Latinos: Research published in the last year concerning HIV and Hispanics/Latinos, 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 [en español]: An HIV vaccine research education initiative with information about how to get involved in HIV vaccine clinical trials that includes Spanish-language resources, from the Division of AIDS, NIAID.

HIV, AIDS, and Older People [en español]: Information about HIV/AIDS for older adults, from the National Institute on Aging (NIA). The Web page is also available in 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: Information on cultural competency, including links to capacity building assistance for health care providers, from the National Minority AIDS Education and Training Center (NMAETC).
National HIV/AIDS Strategy

Web Page Links

  • HIV/AIDS Español/Spanish Web Links: Alphabetical listing of all HIV/AIDS Spanish resources found on the National Library of Medicine Specialized Information Services HIV/AIDS Web site.

AIDSinfo Resources

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

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