National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day
National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD), observed on October 15, raises awareness of the disproportionate impact of HIV on Hispanic and Latino communities in the United States. The observance was first recognized by the Latino Commission on AIDS (LCOA) and the Hispanic Federation on October 15, 2003. The date was chosen to coincide with the last day of Hispanic Heritage Month. This year’s theme, “Do it your way. Do it right,” emphasizes that people can choose from several effective options to prevent HIV.
Hispanic and Latino communities across the United States are very diverse. Those who have lived in the country for a short time, have completed less formal education, or have limited English proficiency may be at a particular disadvantage when it comes to accessing HIV testing, prevention, and treatment services. As a result, these communities are disproportionately affected by HIV.
Learn more and access additional resources on the National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day webpage.