National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD) is October 15. Each year on this day we promote HIV prevention and treatment. We also raise awareness on the disproportionate impact that HIV has on the Latinx community and aim to combat stigma.
We’ve made great strides in HIV prevention and treatment. We are closer than ever to ending HIV. Join us in the fight against HIV.
Some facts about Latinx people and HIV include (from NLAAD.org):
- In 2019, 10,502 Latinx people were newly diagnosed with HIV in the United States
- That’s nearly 29 Latinx people per day
- In 2019, Latinx people represented 18.4% of the U.S. population, but accounted for 28.5% of all new diagnoses and 22.8% of all people living with HIV
- 1 in 6 Latinx people living with HIV are unaware that they have it
- Latinx people who are unaware that they have HIV cannot take advantage of HIV treatment and may unknowingly transmit HIV to others
- 53% of Latinx people have never been tested for HIV in their lifetime
Take the time this NLAAD to:
- Learn about HIV prevention methods
- Find HIV, STD, and viral hepatitis testing near you
- Learn more about HIV and how to combat HIV stigma
- Find out about HIV treatment options if you’re living with HIV
If you or a loved one has questions about HIV services, call the Virginia Disease Prevention Hotline. Reach a hotline counselor toll free at (800) 533-4048. Hotline hours are 8:00 am until 5pm, Monday through Friday.