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Announcements: National Latino AIDS Awareness Day --- October 15, 2011

October 15, 2011, 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. Estimates of HIV incidence for 2009 indicate that Hispanics had a rate of 26.4 per 100,000 population, compared with 9.1 for whites (1). Two of the three goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy are to reduce HIV incidence and to reduce HIV-related disparities (2).

National Latino AIDS Awareness Day is an opportunity to encourage increased HIV prevention activities, such as HIV testing, for Hispanics. In 2009, male-to-male sexual contact was associated with an estimated 64% of new infections among all Hispanics and an estimated 81% of new infections among Hispanic males (1). Among Hispanic females, high-risk heterosexual contact was associated with an estimated 85% of new infections (3). Data from CDC's National HIV Behavioral Surveillance System show that, in 2008, 46% of HIV-positive Hispanic men who have sex with men did not know they were infected compared with 26% of HIV-positive non-Hispanic white men who have sex with men (3).

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


  1. Prejean J, Song R, Hernandez A, et al. Estimated HIV incidence in the United States, 2006--2009. PLoS ONE 2011;6(8):e17502.
  2. White House Office of National AIDS Policy. National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States. Washington, DC: White House Office of National AIDS Policy; 2010. Available at Accessed October 5, 2011.
  3. 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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