According to the last census, Latinos make up at least 17% of the national population. In New Mexico, Latinos make up at least 47% of the general population.
While HIV does not discriminate, there are some groups that are disproportionately affected by HIV infection. In 2010, Latinos accounted for 21% of all new HIV infections in the United States. That is concerning, especially for New Mexico, a state with a prominent Latino population.
UNM Truman Health Services is looking forward to October 15th, which is National Latino AIDS Awareness Day. Until then, we will be out in the community promoting HIV awareness and prevention in an effort to educate our community about HIV!
But, until October, how can you help?
Share the Facts
HIV is 100% preventable. Email your friends, family, coworkers, and loved ones with information that can change their lives. Give them the information they need to take care of themselves.
Here are some links you can share.
- CDC Latino HIV/AIDS Facts http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/risk/racialethnic/hispaniclatinos/index.html
- CDC HIV Facts in the United States http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/group/racialethnic/hispaniclatinos/index.html
- Office of Minority Health http://minorityhealth.hhs.gov/Default.aspx
Email your local state representative or state senator and ask about how New Mexico is combating HIV among Latinos.
Connect With Others
The struggle to raise awareness of HIV among Latinos is a national effort. Connect with Let’s Stop HIV Together http://www.cdc.gov/actagainstaids/campaigns/lsht/index.html and My Reasons http://hivtest.cdc.gov/reasons/ to see how others are approaching the epidemic.
Knowing your status is powerful. If you live in Albuquerque, you can get tested for HIV for free at UNM Truman Health Services. We accept walk ins and continue to hold conveniently located testing events throughout the Albuquerque area. Appointments are not necessary and your test is 100% confidential. Contact us today to learn where you can get tested!