October 15th is National Latino AIDS Awareness Day
National Latino AIDS Awareness Day is observed annually to highlight the disproportionate burden of HIV among Latinos/Hispanics. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Latinos/Hispanics — despite representing only 16% of the U.S. population — accounted for 21% of new HIV infections in 2010.
Explore the resources and information I have gathered below about HIV and its impact on Latinos/Hispanics.
In the AIDS Library
Materials that may be checked out:
Health Issues in the Latino Community, published by Jossey-Bass
Handbook of HIV and Social Work: Principles, Practices, and Populations, by Cynthia Cannon Poindexter
Compañeros : Latino Activists in the Face of AIDS, by Jesus Ramirez-Valles
Materials available in Spanish from national organizations:
Medicamentos Contra el VIH
Cuándo Comenzar y Qué Tomar
El VIH y Yo: Un guía para vivir con el VIH para hispanos
Consideraciones sobre el Tratamiento y tu Salud
Después de Recibir una Prueba Positiva
Ahora que ya has inciado el Tratamiento
Sobre Como Vivir con el VIH
La Prevencion de Infecciones Oportunistas: Consejos para personas que tienen el VIH
For statistical information about HIV/AIDS among Latino/Hispanic populations, see:
- The Latino Commission on AIDS has comprehensive factsheets and reports about HIV/AIDS and its impact on Latino/Hispanic populatins
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s infographics, available in both English and Spanish
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s HIV Among Hispanics/Latinos page includes factsheets, slide sets, and the HIV/AIDS page in Spanish
- The AIDS InfoNet provides current information on HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention in the form of single-topic factsheets that are available in English and Spanish
- The Body’s HIV/AIDS Resource Center for Latinos offers a variety of resources including statistics, special reports, and news.
For information and resources that are designed to be used as a conversation starters in Latino/Hispanic communities, see:
- We Can Stop HIV One Conversation at a Time (Podemos Detener el VIH Una Conversación a la Vez) is a bilingual Act Against AIDS campaign that encourages Hispanics/Latinos to talk about HIV. Visit the campaign site for resources and conversation starters.
- Sin Vergüenza (Without Shame) is a web series featuring a Latino family, where each person is at risk of getting HIV. Episodes are available in English and Spanish
- Let’s Stop HIV Together (Detengamos Juntos el VIH) is a bilingual Act Against AIDS campaign which includes videos featuring Hispanics/Latinos living with HIV
*Follow the conversation on Facebook and Twitter using the Hashtag #NLAAD*
For safer sex / prevention messages aimed Latino/Hispanic communities, see:
- Reasons/ Razons encourages HIV testing among Latino gay and bisexual men, resources available in English and Spanish
- PrEPare for Life (Prepárate para la Vida) features Spanish-language PrEP educational videos featuring young Latino gay men discussing various issues related to the new HIV prevention strategy
- PrePare for Life (Prepárate para la Vida) includes a comprehensive informational manual and implication guide in both English and Spanish.
For more on how HIV/AIDS affects specific communities within Latino/Hispanic populations, see:
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s HIV Surveillance and Prevention Intervention Efforts among Hispanic or Latino Migrant Communities in United States- Mexico Border States: Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas
- The Latino Commission on AIDS’ Latinos in the Deep South is a comprehensive report developed by the Latinos in the Deep South program
- The Latino Commission on AIDS’ Hispanic/Latino Youth and HIV/AIDS is a fact-sheet highlighting key facts impacting Latino youth
- The Latino Commission on AIDS’ HIV/AIDS and its Impact on Latinas/Hispanas provides fact sheets on HIV/AIDS and its impact on Hispanic/Latino women
National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (Dia Nacional Latino para la Concientizacion del SIDA)
There are a number of websites dedicated to National Latino AIDS Awareness Day that provide comprehensive information and resources about HIV/AIDS among Hispanic/Latino communities