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 by the Latino Commission on AIDS. The theme for 2015 is, “You & I Will Defeat AIDS” (Tu y Yo Vamos a Derrotar al SIDA), to emphasize the importance of defeating AIDS by talking about HIV, getting tested, asking about the pill that prevents HIV (PrEP), and by maintaining medical care and treatment 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: and at the MDH site.


In Minnesota, Latino serving agencies and organizations may help sponsor and promote local activities and events this year.

In observance of NLAAD, examples of some of the activities may include:

  • HIV testing opportunities
  • Educational displays
  • Educational seminars and webinars
  • Public awareness campaigns
  • Interviews on local radio and cable TV shows

For Information about NLAAD, contact:


Tony Ochoa, NLAAD Director
Latino Commission on AIDS
24 West 25th Street, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10010
212-675-3288, Ext. 337

AIDS Facts

United States Latino AIDS Cases per 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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Updated Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 01:22PM