National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD), observed each year on October 15, is an opportunity to raise awareness of the disproportionate impact that HIV has on the Latinx population in the United States. This year’s NLAAD theme, “Be a Superhero. Defeat HIV,” highlights the important role of both individuals and communities – a team of superheroes – in defeating HIV.
In honor of this important day, we’re proud to feature a blog post from AIDSVu Advisory Committee member Guillermo Chacón, President of the Latino Commission on AIDS and Founder of the Hispanic Health Network.
Despite representing 17% of the population, Hispanics/Latinx accounted for 24% of all new HIV diagnoses in the U.S. in 2015. This means that Hispanics/Latinx were three times more likely to be diagnosed with HIV than their non-Hispanic white counterparts in 2015.
Get Involved on National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day:
- Learn more: Check out our guest blog from Guillermo Chacón, President of the Latino Commission on AIDS.
- Raise Awareness: Share our NLAAD infographics with your networks, available in English and Spanish.
- Find HIV Services Near You: AIDSVu offers testing, care, and PrEP locators to help you find HIV services in your community.
- Explore the Epidemic: AIDSVu visualizes the HIV epidemic across the U.S. through its interactive maps, allowing users to view data by age, race, sex, and transmission category.
- Participate: The Latino Commission on AIDS is working to promote HIV education, develop model prevention programs for high-risk communities, and to build capacity in community organizations. Visit LatinoAIDS.org to find a community program near you.