October 15th is National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD); this important campaign brings together Hispanic/Latinx communities, Hispanic/Latinx service providers and organizations providing services to Hispanic/Latinx throughout the U.S. and territories under one theme. This year’s theme “Ending HIV is Everyone’s Job”, focus
The NLAAD 2018 campaign wanted to be simple, direct and powerful.
The Latino Commission on AIDS (LCOA) presents the existing tools that can assist to end the HIV epidemic and ask everyone to do their part: take the HIV test, consider PrEP as a prevention approach, stay adherent to HIV treatment to become virally suppressed or undetectable, and use condoms.
In 2016, there were 40,324 new HIV diagnoses in the United States and dependent areas. Hispanic/Latinx account for more than 1 in 4 (25.5%) of these new diagnoses (10,292), despite representing only 18 percent of the national population. New HIV diagnoses among Hispanics/Hispanic/Latinx have increased while the incidence of new diagnoses have decreased or remained stable in the other ethnic groups. The community continues to see the impact of stigma, homophobia, and transphobia as major barriers in accessing HIV testing, prevention, treatment and care. Hispanics/Latinx are heavy impacted by HIV/AIDS, addressing this is essential to the nation’s health
LCOA invites you to get involved in this year’s campaign by:
- Learning about the HIV test, condom use, PrEP, HIV treatment and U=U; and then sharing the information with others.
- Registering your events and sharing information about your events in each of your communities so that many others may attend.
- Request HIV Tests after registering your event.
- Using and sharing some of the infographics, fact sheet posters, web banners, social media resources developed to raise awareness about the impact of HIV in Hispanic/Hispanic/Latinx communities and using the hashtag #NLAAD2018
- Participating of the series of NLAAD 2018 webinars
- Visiting www.nlaad.org
- Making this campaign yours by using the customizable poster.