For Immediate Release
October 12, 2007

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

October 15th is National Latino AIDS Awareness Day

Monday, Oct. 15, 2007, marks the Fifth Annual National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD) and also marks the end of Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month. Initiated in 2003 by the Latino Commission on AIDS and the Hispanic Federation in partnership with faith and community organizations, NLAAD raises awareness of issues concerning HIV/AIDS with the Hispanic/Latino population living in the US and abroad. NLAAD is a day to encourage HIV testing and to push for support from public and religious leaders.

“The HIV/AIDS epidemic is a serious threat to the Latino community,” said Sharon Goolsby, Program Coordinator for the KDHE Center for Health Disparities. “In addition to being a population seriously affected by HIV, Latinos continue to face challenges in accessing health care, prevention services and HIV treatment.”

Several events are planned by organizations throughout Kansas in recognition of National Latino AIDS Awareness Day:

Saturday, October 13, 2007

University of Kansas Medical Center, Wichita, Kan.: Several activities are taking place during the Latino Health Fair from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., at Horace Mann Elementary School, 1243 N. Market, Wichita, Kan.

For more information, contact Marcela (316) 660-7355 or Jorge: (316) 259-8165 at the Hispanic Safety & Health Outreach Committee.

United Methodist Mexican-American Ministries (UMMAM) of Western Kansas:

For more information about these events, contact Cruize or Mary Ellen at (620) 275-1766, extension 242.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Good Samaritan Project:

For more information about either of these events, contact the GSP at (816) 561-8784.

Hunter Health Clinic, Inc.: Free HIV testing from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Cathedral, 307 E. Central Ave., Wichita, Kan.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Morton County Health Department: Free HIV testing at the health department, 625 Colorado St., Elkhart, Kan.

Sedgwick County Health Department: In collaboration with Dr. Donna Sweet’s office, KDHE, and the City of Wichita, free HIV testing is being offered at the Evergreen Recreation Center from 7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. For more information about this event, contact the Sedgwick County Health Department at (316) 660-7371.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Association of Nurses in AIDS Care – Kansas City (ANAC-KC): ANAC-KC and the Community Advocacy Committee (CAC) of the Ryan White Planning Council are hosting a HIV Community Expo at the Gregg-Klice Community Center in Kansas City, MO, from 1-5 p.m. The expo will provide information to the community regarding HIV services and programs.