Skip Navigation LinksSkip Navigation Links
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Safer Healthier People
Blue White
Blue White
bottom curve
CDC Home Search Health Topics A-Z spacer spacer
spacer
Blue curve MMWR spacer
spacer
spacer


Announcement: National Latino AIDS Awareness Day --- October 15, 2009

October 15 is National Latino AIDS Awareness Day, which is held to raise awareness of the human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) epidemic in the Hispanic/Latino population in the United States. In 2006, Hispanics accounted for approximately 17% of the estimated 56,300 new HIV infections (1), and among Hispanic males and females, incidence rates were 2.2 and 3.8 times the rates among white males and females, respectively (2). Male-to-male sexual contact accounted for approximately 72% of new HIV infections among Hispanic men and approximately 55% of all new HIV infections among Hispanics during 2006. Among Hispanic females, high-risk heterosexual contact accounted for approximately 83% of new infections during 2006.

National Latino AIDS Awareness Day also is a day for encouraging HIV testing among Hispanics. Knowledge of their HIV status enables infected persons to prevent further HIV transmission and promotes entry into HIV/AIDS care. Data from the 34 states with confidential HIV and AIDS reporting from 1996--2005 showed that Hispanics were more likely than non-Hispanic whites to receive an initial HIV diagnosis late in their HIV infection (3). National HIV behavioral surveillance data also have shown that 48% of Hispanic men who have sex with men did not know they were infected (4).

Information about National Latino AIDS Awareness Day is available at http://www.cdc.gov/features/latinoaidsawareness. Information about CDC activities and resources supporting National Latino AIDS Awareness Day is available at http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/hispanics.

References

  1. Hall I, Song R, Rhodes P, et al. Estimation of HIV incidence in the United States. JAMA 2008;300:520--9.
  2. CDC. Subpopulation estimates from the HIV incidence surveillance system---United States, 2006. MMWR 2008;57:985--9.
  3. CDC. Late HIV testing---34 states, 1996--2005. MMWR 2009;58:661--5.
  4. CDC. Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) risk, prevention, and testing behaviors---United States, National HIV Behavioral Surveillance System: men who have sex with men, November 2003--April 2005. MMWR 2006;55(No. SS-06).

Use of trade names and commercial sources is for identification only and does not imply endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


References to non-CDC sites on the Internet are provided as a service to MMWR readers and do not constitute or imply endorsement of these organizations or their programs by CDC or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. CDC is not responsible for the content of pages found at these sites. URL addresses listed in MMWR were current as of the date of publication.

All MMWR HTML versions of articles are electronic conversions from typeset documents. This conversion might result in character translation or format errors in the HTML version. Users are referred to the electronic PDF version (http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr) and/or the original MMWR paper copy for printable versions of official text, figures, and tables. An original paper copy of this issue can be obtained from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO), Washington, DC 20402-9371; telephone: (202) 512-1800. Contact GPO for current prices.

**Questions or messages regarding errors in formatting should be addressed to mmwrq@cdc.gov.

Date last reviewed: 10/8/2009

HOME  |  ABOUT MMWR  |  MMWR SEARCH  |  DOWNLOADS  |  RSSCONTACT
POLICY  |  DISCLAIMER  |  ACCESSIBILITY

Safer, Healthier People

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
1600 Clifton Rd, MailStop E-90, Atlanta, GA 30333, U.S.A

USA.GovDHHS

Department of Health
and Human Services