Lee: Latino AIDS Awareness Day

Barbara Lee

Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA), Co-Chair of the Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus, released a statement in honor of National Latino AIDS Awareness Day on October 15th.
 Latinos represent 16% of the U.S. population but account for an estimated 18% of people living with HIV and 18% of new infections. “As we mark National Latino AIDS Awareness day, I am reminded of the devastating impact that HIV/AIDS has had on communities of color in the U.S.
“Latinos progress to AIDS faster than any other racial or ethnic group with 42% being diagnosed with AIDS within 12 months after learning of their positive HIV status — compared to 34% late diagnosis among non-Hispanic whites. In my own district, Latinos are among the most late diagnosed people living with HIV with up to 58% progressing to AIDS within 12 months of diagnosis. In light of this daunting statistic, this year’s theme is ‘Latinos Unite! Let’s Stay Healthy! Get Tested for HIV!’
“If we ever hope to end this epidemic, we must prioritize testing, treatment, prevention, and education to decrease the number of new HIV cases among communities of color. I encourage all of my constituents to find a testing center near them at www.hivtest.org and know their status.”