National Latino AIDS Awareness Day

MEDIA ALERT
MEDIA CONTACTS: Andres Cano, 520.740.8126, andres.cano@pima.gov Daisy Rodriguez Pitel, 520. 206.3205, drodriguezpitel@pima.edu

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 3, 2013

1 OUT OF 4 PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV/AIDS IN PIMA COUNTY ARE LATINO
TUCSON, AZ--- The HIV epidemic continues to disproportionally affect the Latino community in Pima County. According to the Pima County Health Department, 1 out of 4 people living with HIV/AIDS in Pima County are Latino. While Latinos represent approximately 16% of the U.S. population, they accounted for 20% of new HIV infections in 2009, the latest year for which data is available. The impact of HIV on Latino communities is directly related to health disparities and barriers faced such as poverty, migration, stigma, and acculturation. In order to foster a community conversation about HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and education for Latinos, the Tucson National Latino AIDS Awareness Day Planning Committee is calling on Southern Arizona residents to join our cause and help break the stigma about this pressing health concern.

Tucson’s National Latino AIDS Awareness Day Community Dinner & Conversation Tuesday, October 15, 2013 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. El Casino Ballroom, 437 East 26th St
RSVP online at NLAADTucson.Eventbrite.com The activities of the evening will include entertainment, guest speakers, and a special awards ceremony. National Latino AIDS Awareness Day culminates the last week of Hispanic Heritage Month with a joint effort of over 200 cities and 45 states across the country and U.S. territories initiating conversations and events to discuss the HIV/AIDS epidemic and renewal of our commitment to ending the spread of HIV/AIDS in our communities. We can accomplish this by facilitating partnerships; hosting community events that encourage people to seek HIV testing, counseling, and treatment; and by developing and disseminating prevention strategies that are culturally competent and accessible. Latino communities, with assistance from federal, state and local public health agencies, have increased efforts to address the effects of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. 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 within the Latino population living in the United States and abroad. ###
Tucson 2013 NLAAD Committee
COPE Community Services, Inc., Pima Community College – West Campus, Hon. Richard Elías, District 5, Pima County Board of Supervisors, League of United Latin American Citizens #1082 (LULAC), Pima County Department of Health, Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF), Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network (TIHAN)