Every year on October 15, National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD) acknowledges the impact of HIV on Hispanic and Latinx communities. NLAAD was founded in 2003 by the Latino Commission on AIDS and Hispanic Federation, and the 2021 campaign theme is “It’s Time to Act. It’s Time to End HIV.” The campaign focuses on the 40th anniversary of the HIV epidemic and the importance of testing, treatment, viral suppression, and protection. It engages two generations—those who experienced the epidemic in the 1980s and ‘90s and young people today.
We encourage you to share the following information and resources in your NLAAD communications and activities:
- The national Ready, Set, PrEP program provides free PrEP medication to those who qualify.
- The HIV Testing Sites & Care Services Locator uses your ZIP code to help you find conveniently located services for HIV testing, care, and treatment (including access to PrEP); housing; mental health/substance use; and family planning.
- The Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America initiative seeks to reduce the number of new HIV transmissions in the United States by 75% by 2025, and then by at least 90% by 2030.
On Social Media
The hashtag for the observance is #NLAAD2021. You can use these Twitter handles to follow and join the conversations about NLAAD and HIV among Hispanic and Latinx communities.
A poster series, infographics with information about HIV in the Latinx community, fact sheets on how to find HIV/AIDS resources on NIH/HHS web pages, and Instagram posts are available at NLAAD.org.
Visit the HIV.gov resource page about NLAAD to get downloads and links for the NLAAD logo and other shareables such as graphics and infographics.
CDC’s Let’s Stop HIV Together also offers resources on HIV testing, prevention, treatment, and stigma.
HIV.gov has a page of facts about the HIV epidemic in the United States and links to resources describing the impact of HIV on racial and ethnic minorities, including a CDC fact sheet on HIV among Hispanic and Latinx community members. We have also collected HIV resources available in Spanish from across the federal government.