National Latino AIDS Awareness Day - October 15
Sat, Oct 15, 2022

National Latino AIDS Awareness Day

October 15 is National Latino AIDS Awareness Day. In 2015, Hispanics accounted for a quarter of the total new HIV infections in the US. Prevention campaigns, counseling and free testing during the national day are held throughout the country.

History

The Hispanic population of the United States accounts for about a quarter of HIV cases annually, but only 1/6 of sick men and women are aware of the disease. As of 2016, there were more than 40 total HIV diagnoses among this category of the US population. In 2017, nearly 10 Hispanics were diagnosed with HIV for the first time. According to statistics from the CDC, in 2018, the incidence rate among this category of residents of the United States was four times higher than among non-Hispanic people.

Diagnosis of HIV in the early stages is complicated by the fact that when there is a small amount of the virus in the blood, it is rarely detected during tests. However, even in this case, the virus can be transmitted through unprotected sexual contact or through contact with infected blood. The stigmatization of a person having HIV/AIDS, as well as racism, discrimination and homophobia, force Hispanics to refuse timely diagnosis of the disease and hide the fact of its presence. To correct this situation and to promote health care, the National Latino AIDS Awareness Day was established.

Interesting facts

  • On July 5, 1981, the CDC issued the first warning of a rare form of pneumonia, later linked to AIDS, later named HIV;
  • one of the first major stars to publicly admit to AIDS was Rock Hudson: the actor was diagnosed with the disease in 1980, and the confession was made on the eve of his death in 1985;
  • On December 1, 1988, the World Health Organization declared the first World AIDS Day.

How to celebrate

Given that many cases of HIV/AIDS are difficult to diagnose and difficult to treat, do not neglect your own safety. On the occasion of the holiday, it is worth remembering the most common ways of infection and how infection can be avoided. It is also important to take advantage of free testing to determine the presence of the virus in the body. Anyone can support the community of those who fight against HIV/AIDS both psychologically and financially with the help of a voluntary donation to specialized volunteer organizations.

When is National Latino AIDS Awareness Day celebrated in 2022?

National Latino AIDS Awareness Day is observed on October 15 each year.

Observations

Weekday Month Day Year
Saturday October 15 2022
Sunday October 15 2023
Tuesday October 15 2024
Wednesday October 15 2025
Thursday October 15 2026