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National Latino AIDS Awareness Day --- October 15, 2010

October 15, 2010, is National Latino AIDS Awareness Day, which seeks to raise awareness of the disproportionate impact of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) on the Hispanic/Latino population in the United States and to encourage prevention measures, such as HIV testing. Estimates of HIV incidence for 2006 indicated that Hispanics had a rate of 29.3 per 100,000 population, compared with 11.5 for whites (1). A goal of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy is to reduce disparities in HIV infection (2).

In 2006, male-to-male sexual contact was associated with an estimated 55% of new infections among all Hispanics and an estimated 72% of new infections among Hispanic males (3). Among Hispanic females, high-risk heterosexual contact was associated with an estimated 83% of new infections (3). Data from CDC's National HIV Behavioral Surveillance System show that, in 2008, 46% of HIV-infected Hispanic men who have sex with men (MSM) did not know they were infected, compared with 26% of white MSM (4).

Additional information about National Latino AIDS Awareness Day is available at Information about CDC activities and HIV resources is available at


  1. Hall HI, Song R, Rhodes P, et al. Estimation of HIV incidence in the United States. JAMA 2008;300:520--9.
  2. Office of National AIDS Policy. National HIV/AIDS Strategy. Washington, DC: Office of National AIDS Policy; 2010. Available at Accessed October 5, 2010.
  3. CDC. Subpopulation estimates from the HIV incidence surveillance system---United States, 2006. MMWR 2008;57:985--9.
  4. CDC. Prevalence and awareness of HIV infection among men who have sex with men---21 cities, United States, 2008. MMWR 2010;59:1201--7.

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