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2021 National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day (October 15)


This year, National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD) will be held on Friday, October 15. The theme for 2021 is, “It’s time to act. It’s time to end HIV.”

This theme focuses on the facts that the HIV epidemic is now more than 40 years old and that tools are already available and have the potential to end the HIV epidemic in the near future.

The Latino Commission on AIDS (LCOA), the Hispanic Federation, and other groups organize NLAAD to build capacity for non-profit organizations and health departments to reach Latino/Hispanic communities. According to its organizers, “NLAAD mobilizes community-based organizations, leaders of the Latino community, health departments, and elected officials to spread awareness within the Latino community about HIV&AIDS, and bring about improvements in HIV related health practices by building capacity, developing and disseminating resources, utilizing media channels, and casting the spotlight on Latino faces behind the epidemic.”

To help you and your patients or clients prepare for and mark the day, we have compiled an annotated list of online resources focusing on the impact of HIV/AIDS in Latinx communities. 

You may wish to start with the Hispanics/Latinos and HIV web page from NEAETC’s Online HIV Resource Library.  This page focuses specifically on the impacts of HIV on Hispanic/Latino persons living in the U.S. It has a downloadable education packet, as well as curated and annotated resources, including fact sheets, surveillance data, reports, infographics, and compiled materials from a variety of sources. 

National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day – This is the official web page for NLAAD. It includes links for logos, posters, fact sheets, infographics, webinars, an event planning guide, and information about registering events to mark the day.

National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day (October 15) – CDC’s NLAAD page includes information about HIV prevention in English and Spanish from the agency’s Let's Stop HIV Together campaign. It has ready-to-use graphics and sample messages about NLAAD, HIV self-testing, and HIV prevention, stigma, and treatment for the social media platforms Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. There are separate messages targeting consumers and providers.

HIV/AIDS and Hispanic Americans (Office of Minority Health) – This web page includes detailed statistical information about HIV testing, HIV and AIDS cases, and death rates among Hispanic/Latino Americans.

HIV and Hispanics/Latinos (CDC); also available in Spanish – This fact sheet includes breakdowns of HIV diagnoses among Hispanic/Latino persons by gender and transmission category. It also discusses trends in new HIV diagnoses among Hispanic/Latino men and women during the period from 2014 through 2018.

HIV Prevention for Hispanic/Latino Gay and Bisexual Men (CDC) – This issue brief discusses recent data on HIV among Hispanics/Latinos, with a particular emphasis on gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men.

HIV in the United States and Dependent Areas: At a Glance (CDC) – This fact sheet provides an overview of HIV in the U.S., including information about disproportionately high HIV rates among Hispanics/Latinos. Also available in Spanish.

Diagnoses of HIV Infection in the United States and Dependent Areas, 2019 (CDC) – This surveillance report includes breakdowns of HIV and AIDS diagnoses, deaths, and prevalence among Hispanics/Latinos and other racial/ethnic groups.

Recursos en Español (HIV.gov) – This web page links to resources in Spanish from CDC, HIV.gov, and other sources.  These resources include basic information about HIV and AIDS, HIV prevention and testing, accessing treatment and treatment options, maintaining health, and living a healthy life with HIV.

Center for Innovation and Engagement – Spanish-Language Site (NASTAD) – The CIE website highlights innovative and ready-to-replicate interventions, including those designed to provide HIV primary care and services to Latinx people with HIV. This site gives Spanish-speaking HIV providers direct access to CIE’s collection of evidence-based and evidence-informed intervention tools.

Illuminating the Needs of the Forgotten “Olvidados”: A National Assessment of Latinos Growing Older with HIV (Latino Commission on AIDS and the Hispanic Health Network) – This multi-lingual report describes the results of a nationwide community needs assessment for primarily Spanish-speaking Hispanics/Latinos, aged 50 and older, who are living with HIV/ AIDS.

SPNS Journal Articles on Latinos and HIV Care Engagement (HIV.gov) – Two journal articles on recent HIV care innovation projects funded by HRSA’s Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) highlight care insights and challenges for Latinos living with HIV.

Infographics on Hispanics/Latinos and HIV (AIDSVu):