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National Latino AIDS Awareness Day — October 15, 2015

National Latino AIDS Awareness Day is observed each year on October 15 to focus on the continuing and disproportionate impact of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) on the Hispanic or Latino population in the United States. Hispanics or Latinos represent approximately 17% of the U.S. population (1); however, in 2013, they accounted for 21% of all new diagnoses, corresponding to a rate of 18.7 per 100,000 (2). In 2011, an estimated 242,000 Hispanics or Latinos were living with HIV infection in the United States, representing 20% of all such persons. Of these Hispanics or Latinos, an estimated 85% had received a diagnosis of HIV infection, 40% were engaged in HIV medical care, 37% had received a prescription for antiretroviral therapy, and 31% had achieved viral suppression (3).

National Latino AIDS Awareness Day is an opportunity to encourage increased HIV prevention activities, such as HIV testing, for Hispanics or Latinos. CDC supports testing, linkage to and engagement in care and treatment, and a range of other efforts to reduce the risk for acquiring or transmitting HIV infection among Hispanics or Latinos. Additional information about CDC resources and activities for National Latino AIDS Awareness Day is available at Additional information about HIV among Hispanics or Latinos is available at


  1. US Census Bureau. Population estimates. Available at
  2. CDC. Diagnoses of HIV infection in the United States and dependent areas, 2013. HIV Surveillance Report 2015(25). Available at
  3. CDC. Vital signs: HIV diagnosis, care, and treatment among persons living with HIV—United States, 2011. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2014;63:1113–7.

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