The National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD) takes place annually on October 15th, the last day of Hispanic Heritage month. NLAAD is a community mobilization and social marketing campaign focused on HIV testing, awareness prevention and education.
Since 2003, NLAAD responds to the serious impact of HIV/AIDS within Hispanic/Latino communities in the U.S. and its territories. In the past eight years, organizations participating in NLAAD have provided HIV testing to over 80,000 individuals nationwide.
This year’s theme “Hispanics United to end AIDS! Get tested for HIV” speaks to the critical role of our communities uniting and collaborating in order to eradicate AIDS. NLAAD is dedicated to addressing the health challenges in our communities.
Hispanics/Latinos account for 16% of the population but account for 20% of new HIV infections. The most recent data from the Center’s for Disease Control (CDC) shows that over 200,000 Hispanics/Latinos have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS.
The Latino Commission on AIDS recognizes the Centers for Disease Control, Office of Minority Health, Southwest Airlines and OraSure technologies on their support for the mission and vision of National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD)