Tomorrow, October 15th is National Latino AIDS Awareness Day and I have teamed up with my friends to spread the word as part of a compensated LATISM and Social Lens Research social good story collection campaign. This may be part of a paid campaign but those who know me, know that this disease has touched my life and the lives of many I love. All opinions / feelings expressed here are my own.
I have addressed serious health epidemic in the Latino community before and it has been a while that I brushed up on some of the statistics in reference to HIV / AIDS in the Latino community. When I visited the CDC website, I was in shock… there are some of the stats that have been published regarding the impact of this killer in our community.
More than 1.2 million people are living with HIV in the United States, and more than 47,000 new cases were identified in 2013. Hispanics/Latinos, only 17% of the US population, are disproportionately affected by HIV, making up 21% of people living with HIV and 23% of people who get an HIV diagnosis. In addition:
- In 2013, Hispanics/Latinos had the second highest rate of new HIV diagnoses compared to other races/ethnicities.
- Men accounted for 85% of the estimated new HIV diagnoses among Hispanics/Latinos in 2013. Most of the new diagnoses among Hispanic/Latino men occurred among gay and bisexual men (81%).
- By age group, the highest rate of HIV diagnosis among Hispanics/Latinos occurred among those aged 25-34 years.
A number of factors contribute to the burden of HIV in Hispanic/Latino communities, including limited access to health care, language or cultural barriers in health care settings, traditional gender norms and stigma around homosexuality. Learn more about the impact of HIV among Hispanics/Latinos [344 KB].
Join us on on Facebook – Twitter – Instagram – Periscope and let’s spread the word using the #OneConversation / #UnaConversacion hashtags… but not just about an “awareness day”, about leading healthier lives, about prevention… as well as supporting those who have been diagnosed.
I never like to leave you without the tools and resources that can help us have these conversations and debunk myths so here are the top * resources on the CDC website that you should read to be fully informed to make a difference.
#1 – CDC’s HIV Basics – Learn the facts about HIV and talk openly to help protect our communities.
#2 – We Can Stop HIV One Conversation at a Time – Together, all of our conversations can help protect the health of our community and reduce the spread of HIV.
#3 – Get The Facts –Learn more about the impact of HIV among Hispanics/Latinos (Printable PDF)
#5 – Know Your Status, for FREE testing centers near you – gettested.cdc.gov
I honestly believe in the power of social media and influence… if you share these resources you will be saving lives (maybe even of someone you love deeply)
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