For Immediate Release
Kristi Pankratz, 785-296-5795
National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD) is October 15. Communities and organizations across the U.S. will sponsor programs on or around this date to call attention to the ever-rising numbers of Latinos diagnosed with HIV and seek solutions to reduce the spread of the virus.
“Kansans are encouraged to take the opportunity to get tested for HIV and learn about how they can protect themselves from acquiring and spreading the virus,” said Roderick Bremby, Secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE).
The Latino community is disproportionally affected by HIV. In Kansas, Hispanics account for 9 percent of the population, but in 2009 were 24 percent of new AIDS cases and 11 percent of new HIV infections. Hispanics/Latinos represent about 15 percent of the U.S. population according to the U.S. Census Bureau, though account for an estimated 17 perent of new HIV infections. The rate of new infection in Latino men is twice that of white men and the rate of new infection for Latina women is close to four times that of white women.
The official NLAAD web site, www.nlaad.org, promotes HIV testing, citing that 95 percent of those of known HIV infection do not transmit the virus. This means that the spread of HIV stems primarily from those who are not aware of their [positive] HIV status.
The following events are occurring in recognition of National Latino AIDS Awareness Day:
Please visit www.nlaad.org for more information about Latinos and HIV.