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Latino AIDS Awareness Day in N.C.

Free HIV tests offered across the state on October 15

Este pagina en espanolRelease Date: October 13, 2008
Contact: Carol Schriber, 919-733-9190

RALEIGH – In recognition of National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD) on Oct. 15, the North Carolina Division of Public Health is partnering with organizations and members of the Latino community to offer HIV testing events across the state.

Testing is free and open to the general public.

National Latino AIDS Awareness Day focuses on increasing awareness of the devastating effects of HIV/AIDS in the Latino community. NLAAD encourages HIV testing and supports connecting those living with HIV to care and treatment.

“Responding to HIV and AIDS is a top public health priority in North Carolina,” said State Health Director Leah Devlin. “Providing free testing across the state on Latino AIDS Awareness Day is one way we can make it easier for people to learn about HIV/AIDS and to find out their status.

“To halt the spread of HIV/AIDS, people need to know about the disease and how to prevent infection,” Devlin said. “They also need to get tested.

“North Carolina’s ‘Get Real Get Tested’ bilingual campaign encourages routine HIV testing,” Devlin said. “Newly diagnosed individuals must get into care and treatment. We can help guide them through that process, and the AIDS Drug Assistance Program helps provide medications for people infected with HIV.”

Testing is always free and available at local health departments. To find a health department near you, see www.ncalhd.org/county.htm or call the CARE-LINE at 1-800-662-7030 (TTY 1-877-452-2514).

To learn about HIV/AIDS or to find another testing site near you, visit www.AIDS.gov . The National Latino HIV/AIDS Awareness Day webpage is at www.nlaad.org .

Over 32,000 North Carolinians are living with HIV disease. There are an estimated 8,000 North Carolinians living with HIV or AIDS who don’t know their status. In 2006, there were 2,300 cases of HIV reported. Latinos make up approximately 7 percent of the state’s population and comprise 8 percent of all new HIV/AIDS cases reported. The rate of HIV infection for Latinos is almost four times that for whites.

New national data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that Hispanics/Latinos, who represent only 15 percent of the total U.S. population, make up 18 percent of new HIV infections. Among Latinos, men make up the vast majority of new HIV infections (76%), but Latino women are also at disproportionate risk for HIV. They are infected with HIV at a rate four times greater than white women. Nationally, the CDC estimates that in 2006, 73 percent of the newly infected persons were male, 45 percent were black, 15 percent were Hispanic, and 53 percent were among men who had sex with other men. 

 

National Latino AIDS Awareness Day events

RALEIGH / WAKE COUNTY:

  • Oct. 15 - Wake County Human Services will have a Quiz Radio show on “La Regia” 540 AM, where Wake County staff will speak about HIV and STDs risk behaviors and prevention.Listeners will be able to call the station to answer some questions concerning HIV and STD prevention; callers with correct answers will get prizes.
  • Oct. 15, 2 - 6 p.m. - North Carolina State University: HIV tests at Witherspoon Student Center. Provided by Alliance of AIDS Services-Carolina in collaboration with Project STYLE, and sponsored by the Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students (MAPS).
  • Oct. 18, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. - Wake County Human Services will be doing HIV and syphilis testing at the Rock Quarry Flea Market. Teens who have been trained as HIV prevention leaders will promote testing and condoms throughout the flea market.
  • Oct. 18, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. - Wake County Human Services will be doing HIV and syphilis testing at the Rock Quarry Flea Market. Teens who have been trained as HIV prevention leaders will promote testing and condoms throughout the flea market.

WINSTON-SALEM:

Oct. 15, 5- 8:30 p.m. – Free HIV tests at the Waughtown Street “Mini-Mall”, 1238 Waughtown St., Winston-Salem.  Event sponsored by AMiGOS and Forsyth County Health Department.

  

 

Updated: February 9, 2009