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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 Information about CDC activities and resources supporting National Latino AIDS Awareness Day is available at


  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).

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Date last reviewed: 10/8/2009


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