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Friday, October 13, 2017

Latino AIDS Awareness Day

The National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD), held annually on October 15th, brings together community based organizations, leaders of the Latino community, health departments, and elected officials to unite the Hispanic / Latino community in efforts to raise HIV awareness, promotion of HIV testing, prevention, and education; in addition to other critical health issues such as viral hepatitis, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and tuberculosis.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, of the ten primary populations impacted by HIV infection, Latino men who have sex with men are the third largest, following white and black men who have sex with men.

NLAAD was founded in 2003 as a joint effort of the Latino Commission on AIDS and Hispanic Federation in response to the impact HIV/AIDS has on Hispanic/Latino communities across the country. The day of October 15th was chosen to coincide with the end of Hispanic Heritage Month.

NLAAD is coordinated at a macro level by the Latino Commission on AIDS who provide local organizations with resources, who then take primary ownership of planning and organizing events and awareness campaigns to address the local epidemic.

For more info, visit NLAAD.com and HIV.gov/news-and-events/awareness-days/latino.

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