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.