National Latinos Aids Awareness

Latino AIDS Awareness Day is Oct. 15

(Oct. 12, 2006)--The Latino Commission on AIDS will sponsor National Latino Aids Awareness Day on Oct. 15.

National Latino Aids Awareness Day (NLAD) was established four years ago to draw attention to the critical role HIV testing and prevention education plays in stemming the spread of AIDS. Latinos continue to be disproportionately affected by HIV, comprising more than 20 percent of HIV/AIDS cases nationwide.

Limited access to prevention and care, cultural barriers, language barriers and immigration status has contributed to the disparity. NLAAD represents a call to action for Latinos to protect their lives and the lives of those they love by getting tested and learning about HIV.

NHAP is a partnership of leaders from the business, philanthropic, faith, social/civic, entertainment, media and labor sectors dedicated to stopping the spread of HIV in the United States. NHAP partners use their credibility, visibility and resources to educate at-risk populations about HIV/AIDS.



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