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5th Annual National Latino AIDS Awareness Day @ DCC

HIV disproportionately affects certain populations. Men who have sex with men (MSM), blacks/African Americans, and Hispanic/Latinos are the groups most affected by HIV infection.

Hispanics/Latinos represent 15.3% of the population (U.S. Census Bureau), but account for an estimated 17% of new infections.

The rate of new HIV infections among Hispanic/Latino men is more than double that of white men.
The rate of new HIV infections among Hispanic women/Latinas is nearly four times that of white women.
From 2005 to 2008, estimated HIV diagnoses increased approximately 5% among Hispanics/Latinos.

To increase awareness of this issue, the fourth annual health fair observing National Latino AIDS Awareness Day will be held at MCC’s Damon City Campus, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010. The event will include free and confidential HIV testing along with general health screenings.

HIV testing participants will receive test results within 20 minutes of the exam, along with information regarding other health issues and concerns. Health screenings will include blood pressure and glucose testing. There will also be numerous giveaways, including condoms. Representatives from 20-25 community health organizations in Rochester will be available on site to answer questions.

Also next week, please join us for the Latino Heritage Month Panel Discussion on Monday, October 18, noon – 1pm at the Damon City Campus, room 4151. Three panelists from the community: Department of Health STD Clinic, AIDS Care, and Perinatal Network will be discussing statistics, health issues and preventative, intervention and post-vention methods of overall health and wellbeing for the Latino community.

    Melany J. Silas
    Health and Physical Education