October 15 is National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD), which was first observed in 2003 by the Hispanic FederationExit Disclaimer and the Latino Commission on AIDSExit Disclaimer (LCOA). NLAAD is an opportunity to help address the disproportionate impact of HIV on Hispanic/Latinx communities, promote HIV testing, and stop HIV stigma. This observance is also a community mobilization effort that helps promote the effective ways to prevent, treat, and stop the transmission of HIV among Hispanic/Latinx people.
This year’s theme, “Doit it your way. Do it right”, brings together communities, service providers, and organizations providing services to Hispanics/Latinxs throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.
Watch the conversation HIV.gov had with Guillermo Chacon, President of LCOA, in English and Spanish below. He discusses this year’s theme and the intent and importance of NLAAD.
To learn more about HIV within these communities, you can visit the CDC page here.
More About the Latino Commission on AIDS
The LCOA is a non-profit organization that spearheads health advocacy for Latinos, promotes HIV education, develops model prevention programs for high-risk communities, and builds capacity in community organizations. The organization has an extensive network of Hispanic and Latinx community leaders and partner organizations through which it works to mobilize an effective community response to meet the health challenges and address the impact of HIV and AIDS, hepatitis, & sexually transmitted infections in communities throughout the country. To learn more about LCOA, its mission, services, and programs, read more hereExit Disclaimer.
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