National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD) October 15, 2015: Fact Sheet
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October 15 is the last day of Hispanic Heritage Month in the United States and the first day of what will become an annual observance – National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD).
Through the Latino Commission on AIDS, NLAAD began in over 100 cities in 2003. Minnesota joined NLAAD in 2004 and will continue with the observance in 2015.
Each year, a national theme is developed for NLAAD through the NLAAD planning committees that are administered by the Latino Commission on AIDS at the national level. The theme for 2015 is, “To End AIDS, Commit to Act” (Para Acabar con el SIDA, Comprometete a Actuar), to emphasize the importance of being committed in knowing the facts, getting tested, and getting into care if infected.
Nationally, different localities and leaders will use the day to promote and sponsor activities on prevention. Others will use the day to make religious leaders and public officials aware of the needs in reducing new infections and caring for those Latinos living with HIV.
In Minnesota, one of the initiatives will be to promote HIV testing since many Latinos test several years after they have become infected. As a result, there are missed opportunities for early treatment and prevention of ongoing transmission. Bilingual resources for Minnesota are located at:
http://www.NoMasHIV.com and at the MDH site.
In Minnesota, the Minnesota Latino HIV/AIDS Network (MNLHAN) - a coalition of agencies serving Latinos - may help facilitate and promote local activities and events this year.
In observance of NLAAD, examples of some of the activities that may be provided by the MN Latino HIV/AIDS Network include:
- HIV testing opportunities
- Educational displays at events
- Educational seminars
- Public awareness campaigns
- Interviews on local radio and cable television shows
United States Latino AIDS Cases per CDC:
- 202,182 estimated AIDS cases reported excluding HIV (As of December 31, 2011)
- 96,230 estimated deaths reported among AIDS cases excluding HIV (As of December 31, 2010)
- 220,600 estimated Latinos living with HIV (As of December 31, 2010)
- To view the data go to the HIV/AIDS web page at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Minnesota Latino HIV/AIDS Cases per MDH
(Reported as of December 31, 2014)
- 814 HIV/AIDS cases have been reported
- 166 deaths among HIV/AIDS cases
- 716 Latinos living with HIV/AIDS
- 34 HIV/AIDS cases reported in 2014
- To view detailed Minnesota data, please visit MDH's HIV/AIDS Surveillance web page.
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