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Talk About HIV/AIDS

	A middle age woman with a bubble message: I tell my son that if hes sexually active, he needs to protect himself from HIV. A Young man with bubble message: My mom told me that anyone can get HIV.

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:

For information and resources for gay and bisexual men, visit:

For information about how to talk to children about sex and HIV visit:

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.