Friday, October 17, 2014

National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD)

by Ceasar Montoya

October 15th was National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD). The theme for this year was “Commit to Act”. Latinos, specifically Latina Women, still make up a disproportionate percentage of new HIV cases compared to population size. The following information from the Centers for Disease Control relates specifically to the Hispanic/Latino population in the US and six dependent areas:
  • It is estimated that 1 in 36 men and 1 in 106 women will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime.
  • In 2011, Hispanics/Latinos accounted for 11,057 of the estimated 50,199 new diagnoses of HIV infection. Of those, 9,256 were men and 1,776 were women.
  • There were approximately 9,256 HIV diagnoses in 2011. Of those, 7,266 were attributed to male-to-male sexual contact, 1,522 women were attributed to heterosexual contact.f
  • In 2009, Hispanics/Latinos accounted for 220,400of the estimated 1.1 million people living with HIV infection in the United States.
  • In 2011, an estimated 6,849 were diagnosed with AIDS . This number has fluctuated since 2008.
  • By the end of 2010, an estimated 118,783 deaths occurred in this population. 
  • In 2010, HIV was the sixth leading cause of death aged 25-34 and the eighth leading cause of death aged 35-54.

No matter your race, ethnicity or gender, you should “Commit to Act”. I ask you to please take the time to take a test and know your status. Take the time to encourage and support others as they take the test. HIV is not a death sentence. Today, you can lead a long healthy, active lifestyle that includes a healthy sexual life. Knowing if your status is positive gains you access to life saving treatment which along with a healthy diet and exercise have been proven to be effective in managing HIV.

You can get more information about HIV, HIV and Latinos, testing and treatment on the following sites:




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