June 3, 2020         
Zonar Delivers Peace of Mind to Parents and Caregivers with Next-Generation App for School Bus Tracking   •   American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Statement on National Crisis   •   Government of Canada announces judicial appointments in the province of Alberta   •   Unsure About Sending Your Child Back-to-School this Fall? Try an Online Summer Course First: Laurel Springs School   •   New CPSC Report Finds Steady Rise in Fatal Child Drownings   •   NC Healthcare Foundation Announces COVID-19 “Fill the Gap” Grants   •   GrandPad® introduces connected device capabilities to support telehealth and virtual care for healthcare providers   •   Regis® Works with Infectious Disease Specialists at the University of Minnesota Medical School to Enhance Customer and Styli   •   Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware Releases Statement of Support for Black Lives Matter Protests, Calls for Police Reform Meas   •   Rack Room Shoes Partners with Military Makeover to Honor Family of Five   •   Celmatix Achieves First Milestone in Women’s Health Drug Discovery Alliance With Evotec   •   Ohana Biosciences Presents Data Showing Its Novel Sperm Enhancement Treatment, SPERTILITY™, Increases Sperm Hyperactivatio   •   Texas Online Preparatory School to Celebrate Class of 2020 with Online Ceremony June 6   •   Ana G. Méndez University Launches Virtual Course for Professionals to Learn Spanish   •   ASC encourages greater financial awareness during Seniors Month   •   The Senior Company Seeks Certified Nursing Assistants, Pays 30 to 35 Percent Above Industry Standards   •   BET Unveils Series of Programming Addressing Systemic Racism, the Violence Faced by Black People in America and the Solutions to   •   Streetwear Brand Launches Peaceful Protest Capsule with Proceeds Supporting The Bail Project   •   PBS to Address Race and Racism in America Through Broadcast and Streaming Content   •   Regions Next Step Survey Finds 81% of Americans Do Not Feel “Financially Fit”
Bookmark and Share

CDC On Nat'l Latino AIDS Awareness Day

Statement by Kevin Fenton, M.D., Ph.D.

Director, National


for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


WASHINGTON - The eighth annual National Latino AIDS Awareness Day comes at a time of renewed national commitment and optimism regarding HIV prevention, due to President Obama’s recently-announced National HIV/AIDS Strategy, which focuses our nation’s efforts in the fight against HIV. The day also comes at a time of a shared understanding of the complex realities of addressing prevention, particularly in many Latino communities already burdened by significant socioeconomic challenges. As we set aside this time to focus on HIV awareness and prevention among Latinos in the United States, we also highlight progress made and hope for the future.


CDC data show a fairly stable HIV epidemic among Latinos for more than a decade. However, the burden of HIV among Latinos is great. Latinos represent approximately 16 percent of the U.S. population, and the latest CDC estimates show that Latinos account for approximately 17 percent of new infections and 18 percent of people living with HIV. Among Latinos, as is true with other U.S.

populations, most individuals who become infected with HIV do so through male-to-male sexual contact. But heterosexuals are also at risk.

Data released by CDC today underscore harsh truths that all Latinos and Latinas face when it comes to HIV: the lifetime risk of being diagnosed with HIV among Latinos is 1 in 36 for males and 1 in 106 for females. Clearly, this risk is unacceptable. We cannot allow HIV to gain even more ground in the nation’s fastest growing minority population. We must face head-on the factors that place Latinos at high risk, and we must redouble our HIV prevention efforts at the federal, state and local levels.


Studies have shown a range of factors that may place Latinos at such high risk: lack of awareness about the risk of HIV infection; cultural and socioeconomic factors like poverty and language barriers; and concerns about immigrations status. Additionally, these factors may also prevent individuals from seeking HIV testing and treatment. Fear of stigma and discrimination may also represent barriers to HIV prevention and treatment, particularly among gay and bisexual men and people living with HIV.


As President Obama’s new National HIV/AIDS Strategy unfolds, HIV prevention efforts will prioritize populations hardest hit by HIV, including Latinos. Preventing HIV among Latinos is a top CDC priority, and our efforts are as diverse as the Latino community itself. Our scientists are focused on developing, implementing and evaluating culturally and linguistically appropriate prevention interventions. They also work to identify methods for improving access to and participation in HIV testing for Latinos and other populations at increased risk for HIV infection.


CDC recently announced a multi-million-dollar three-year expansion of our successful HIV testing initiative. We are also building partnerships with leading national Latino organizations, and recently announced the expansion of the Act Against AIDS Leadership Initiative to include three leading national Latino organizations. This initiative seeks to ensure that HIV prevention is a core component of the mission and day-to-day business of large national organizations with extensive research and credibility.


This year’s theme for National Latino AIDS Awareness Day – “Save a Life. It May Be Your Own. Get Tested for HIV.” is a call to action. HIV testing is critical in preventing the spread of HIV, as research shows individuals who are aware of their HIV status are more likely to take steps to protect their partners from becoming infected. Further, the sooner individuals learn they are infected, the sooner they can receive life-extending treatment. CDC recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 years be tested for HIV. Gay and bisexual men should be tested at least annually, and every three to six months if they are at increased risk for infection (e.g., have multiple or anonymous sex partners, or inject drugs).


It is our hope that this National Latino AIDS Awareness Day is a day of reaffirmation of our collective commitment to HIV prevention. We have more opportunities than ever to stop HIV – there is hope amidst the crisis. HIV is preventable, and each of us can and must do our part. Start a dialogue about HIV, get the facts, know your risk, and get tested. These are the first steps to protecting our communities. We are committed and look forward to working with you on expanding our HIV prevention efforts and making a positive impact on this epidemic.




White House Live Stream
alsharpton Rev. Al Sharpton
9 to 11 am EST
jjackson Rev. Jesse Jackson
10 to noon CST


Sounds Make the News ®
Atlanta - WAOK-Urban
Berkley / San Francisco - KPFA-Progressive
Chicago - WVON-Urban
KJLH - Urban
Los Angeles - KJLH - Urban
WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
New York - WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
New York - WADO-Spanish
WBAI - Progressive
New York - WBAI - Progressive
Washington - WOL-Urban

Listen to United Natiosns News