National Latino HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2017

Latino HIVAIDS Awareness Day

Although accounting for only 18% of the U.S. population, Hispanics and Latinos are disproportionately affected by HIV. In 2015, Hispanics/Latinos accounted for 25% of new cases of HIV infections in the U.S. In the same year, the HIV diagnosis rate among Hispanic women was three times that of white women.

Why do we see such high numbers of HIV cases within this specific demographic? A lot of it has to do with the stigma associated with STDs, social/economic factors, and the prevalence of STDs in the Hispanic/Latino community.

  • Stigma: There is a stigma associated with STDs especially within the Hispanic/Latino community. Those who contract an STD are often looked down upon and labeled as “dirty” or “irresponsible”. The embarrassment may discourage many people from seeking help or treatment.
  • Social/Economic Factors:  The Hispanic/Latino community is susceptible to poverty, discrimination, lower level education, and limited access to healthcare- All of which can increase the risk for HIV. There is also a language barrier that can affect the quality of HIV care Hispanics/Latinos receive.
  • Prevalence of STDs in the Hispanic/Latino Community: Hispanics are almost twice as likely to contract an STD than whites. STDs are high among Hispanics/Latinos, and those living with an STD are at a higher risk for HIV infection. 

National Latino HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

National Latino HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD) is celebrated each year on October 15th. This year’s NLAAD theme is “To Defeat HIV You’re a Superhero. User your Superpowers”.

This day is dedicated to raise awareness of the HIV epidemic occurring among the Hispanic/Latino community and to encourage testing, prevention, and access to health care. Through the combined efforts of groups such as the Latino Commission on AIDS (LCOA) and the Hispanic Federation, there have been several successful attempts at encouraging health departments and nonprofit organizations to reach out to these specific communities.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other organizations have  been making an effort to advance national HIV prevention goals and maximize HIV prevention methods. In 2012, the CDC was awarded $330 million to direct resources to communities that are of greatest need of HIV prevention strategies, treatment, and care.

For more information about NLAAD and to see how you can show your support, click here!

As always, if you suspect you may have an STD, you can rely on besafemeds to private quick and private STD treatment. Contact us today!

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