“Celebro mi salud” Launched – Day Two USCHA
On the second day of the 2022 U.S. Conference on HIV/AIDS (USCHA)Exit Disclaimer, attention focused on the resiliency and diversity of our Hispanic/Latino and Latinx communities in responding to HIV. HIV.gov spoke to Timothy P. Harrison, Ph.D., Principal Deputy Director for the Office of Infectious Disease and HIV/AIDS Policy, and creative partner, Joey Jai, about HHS’ new viral suppression campaign, “I Am a Work of ART,” and its Spanish-language version, “Celebro mi salud.”
The plenary session featured a compelling group of speakers who shared their experiences with being part of the community here in Puerto Rico with HIV and a dynamic set of musicians who showcased the importance of the language of music. The session explored the concept of “La Brega,” which is a Puerto Rican term that portrays the grit, resiliency, hope, and hustle that Puerto Ricans show when faced with a challenge. The speakers raised critical issues including language as a social determinant of health and the need to ensure the availability of Spanish language materials, increasing workers from communities most affected by HIV including transgender and non-binary individuals, and ensuring that people can access testing through a variety of modalities including self-testing, testing at retail pharmacies, and mobile testing.
The United States Conference on HIV/AIDS (USCHA) is the largest HIV-related gathering in the United States, bringing together thousands of participants from all segments of the HIV community. The conference features over 120 institutes, workshops, and posters addressing issues in biomedical HIV prevention, aging, service delivery, and telehealth, prioritizing the issues of people with HIV and the next steps in ending the epidemic. Organized by NMACExit Disclaimer, the 2022 conference, held in San Juan, Puerto Rico, from October 8-11 was attended by over 3,000 participants.