National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day
October 15 is National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day ,* coordinated by the Latino Commission on AIDS . The theme, We'll Defeat AIDS, con GANAS ('with our wholehearted efforts'), calls us to take action together to fight HIV among Hispanics/Latinos.
In 2014, Hispanics/Latinos accounted for 24% (10,887) of the estimated new HIV diagnoses in the United States and 6 dependent areas, despite making up 17% of the US population. Overall, HIV diagnoses among Hispanics/Latinos declined over the last decade, driven by a sharp drop (35%) among Hispanic women. But diagnoses increased 24% among all Hispanic/Latino gay and bisexual men and 87% among young gay/bisexual men aged 13-24. Those increases have slowed in recent years, but there is still much work to be done.
October 15 is National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day. The Let’s Stop HIV Together campaign fights stigma and raises awareness about HIV.
October 15 is National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day. Take action in defeating AIDS. Visit nlaad.org.
What Can Hispanics/Latinos Do?
Get the facts. Learn the facts about HIV, and share this lifesaving information with others. Let's Stop HIV Together, part of Act Against AIDS, is a national communication initiative that raises awareness about HIV and its impact on the lives of all Americans, and fights stigma by showing that persons with HIV are real people—mothers, fathers, friends, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, partners, wives, husbands, and coworkers.
Get tested for HIV. Knowing your HIV status gives you powerful information to help keep you and your partner healthy.
- To find a testing site near you, use AAA's testing locator, Get Tested; text your ZIP code to KNOWIT (566948); or call 1-800-CDC-INFO (232-4636). You can also use a home testing kit available in drugstores or online.
- Learn more about HIV testing.
Protect yourself and your partner. Today, more tools than ever are available to prevent HIV. You can
- Use condoms the right way every time you have sex. Learn the right way to use a male condom or a female condom .
- Choose less risky sexual behaviors .
- Limit your number of sexual partners.
- Never share needles.
- Talk to your doctor about pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), taking medicine daily to prevent HIV infection, if you are at very high risk for HIV.
- Talk to your doctor about post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) if you think you may have been exposed to HIV within the last 3 days through sex, sharing needles and works, or a sexual assault.
Get in care and stay in care. If you are living with HIV, start medical care and begin taking medicine to treat HIV, called antiretroviral therapy (ART), as soon as possible. If taken the right way every day, ART can reduce the amount of HIV in your body. Having a low amount of HIV (viral load) is good for your overall health and can greatly reduce the chance of transmitting HIV to a partner. Learn more about how you can live well with HIV.
You can learn more about how to protect yourself and your partners and get information tailored to meet your needs from CDC's new HIV Risk Reduction Tool (BETA).
* The term Latinx serves as a gender-neutral alternative to Latino/Latina.
- Page last reviewed: October 7, 2016
- Page last updated: October 7, 2016
- Content source:
- National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention
- Page maintained by: Office of the Associate Director for Communication, Digital Media Branch, Division of Public Affairs