Farmworker Justice Recognizes National Latino AIDS Awareness Day: Commit to Speak

October 15th, the last day of Hispanic Heritage Month, is National Latino AIDS Awareness Day. This year the theme is “Commit to Speak”, an important message that addresses the continued need to have more discussions on HIV and AIDS with our friends, family members, and partners. There is still a lot of stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS and it is a topic that many people avoid or are uncomfortable discussing. However, in order to achieve an AIDS-free generation and address the epidemic in our community, we need to start talking about HIV more. Approximately 1 in 50 Latinos will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime, and that should not be acceptable. Latinos make up 16% of the U.S. population, but account for 21% of all new HIV infections each year. HIV is affecting our communities and in order to stop it, we need to talk about it.

In 2011, the Farmworker Justice Board of Directors signed a resolution stating that HIV was a priority for our organization.  We have been doing HIV prevention for over a decade, providing farmworker and Latino organizations with the tools, trainings, information, and capacity building assistance to improve their HIV projects and programs throughout the U.S. As we have stated many times in the past, there has not been much research on HIV and farmworkers and the research that has been done is outdated and not applicable to the entire farmworker population. However, we feel there is still a great need for HIV prevention, treatment, and linkage to care in the farmworker community and we are committed to seeing this epidemic through to the end.

We encourage all our partners, supporters, and friends to “commit to speak” about HIV, whether on NLAAD or any other day of the year. Stigma perpetuates fear, when what people need is love, support, and assistance.

Get the Facts!
 HIV Among Latinos (Spanish and English)
 HIV and AIDS Among Latinos
 New HIV Infections in the U.S., 2010 - infographic
 HIV Testing (Spanish and English) - poster
 HIV and Youth - infographic

Get Tested!
Go to or text your zip code to KNOWIT (566948) to find the closest location

Take Action!
 Have a conversation about HIV and the importance of getting testing with a friend, family member, or co-worker!

 Post an HIV message on Facebook or Twitter! Here are some Twitter messages you can use:

  •  National Latino HIV/Testing Day (#NLAAD) is 15 Oct! #NLAAD promotes HIV testing & early diagnosis across the US #committospeak
  •  Happy National Latino HIV/AIDS Testing Day! #NLAAD
  •  Early testing & diagnosis is key to prevention; treatment & prevention can have maximum impact when HIV is identified early #NLAAD
  •  #Farmworkers have an increased #HIV/AIDS rate and often lack access to testing, treatment, care.
  •  To effectively combat #HIV/AIDS in #farmworker community there is an urgent need for more research!
  •  Hispanics account for 19% of people with HIV in U.S. & 20% of new infections. #NLAAD
  •  Let’s refocus, & reengage our commitment to addressing HIV/AIDS & health disparities in the Latino communities across the US. #NLAAD

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