Talk About HIV/AIDS
Why Talk about HIV/AIDS?
Some people believe talking about HIV, sex, and sexuality is embarrassing. There can be stigma and shame around homosexuality and HIV. So many people remain silent.
But studies show that talking about HIV/AIDS helps people to know what to do to prevent and treat HIV. This saves lives and protects health. The things to talk about are HIV prevention, HIV testing, and condom use, all of which lower new HIV infections.
For many in our community, family is our primary social unit and source of support. Our family also is the first line in preventing HIV infections. Parents talking with their children are very important. Young Hispanic/Latinos, ages 13-24, made up 20% of all new HIV infections among youth in 2010. This is not acceptable.
You can make a difference by talking openly about sex, sexuality, and HIV/AIDS with our families, partners, and friends.
It is important for there to be a safe and supportive environment to share life-saving information about HIV.
Find information and resources below:
- CDC’s Let’s Stop HIV Together/Detengamos Juntos el VIH, HIV awareness and anti-stigma campaign for all Americans featuring people living with HIV, including Hispanics/Latinos
- CDC.gov Living with HIV/AIDS
- AIDSinfo/InfoSIDA Staying Healthy with HIV
- AIDS.gov Talking About Your Status
- Womenshealth.gov Living with HIV/AIDS
For information and resources for gay and bisexual men, visit:
- CDC’s Act Against AIDS efforts for gay and bisexual men, including Reasons/Razones and Start Talking. Stop HIV.
For information about how to talk to children about sex and HIV visit:
- CDC.gov Adolescent and School Health Sexual Risk Behavior: HIV, STD, & Teen Pregnancy Prevention
- Parents Matter!, an evidence-based prevention program for parents of pre-teens
Every conversation we have about HIV can help reduce stigma and wrong information. It might just start with a few words here and there. Then, more talking, and soon all of these conversations will help protect the health of our community and reduce the spread of HIV among Hispanics/Latinos.
- Page last reviewed: October 26, 2015
- Page last updated: October 26, 2015
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