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Addressing the Impact of HIV/AIDS on the Latino Community

Today, the White House released a Spanish translation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy on National Latino HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

Today is National Latino HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, an opportunity to make sure that we are engaging the Latino community in the Administration’s work towards an AIDS free generation.  As one step in this important effort, the Obama Administration is releasing the Estrategia Nacional contra el VIH / SIDA: Actualizado hasta 2020, a Spanish translation of our National HIV/AIDS Strategy: Updated to 2020, which the President released in English in July.

Engaging the community in the fight against HIV and AIDS is essential if we expect to be successful.  The updated Strategy is built upon a number of principles, including a distinct focus on the “Right People, Right Places, and Right Practices” and the understanding that this is a National Strategy that includes the federal government alongside a host of partners inside and outside of government.  Each one of us is needed to put this Strategy into action and end the HIV epidemic in every community and every corner of the country.

HIV remains a serious public health issue in the Latino community:

  • Latinos and Latinas account for nearly 23% of new HIV diagnoses
  • Among Latinos, gay and bisexual men make up 70% of those infections
  • The estimated rate of new HIV infections among Latinos and Latinas is more than 3 times as high as that of whites

To address these issues over the next five years, the updated Strategy builds upon the scientific advances, policy changes, and meaningful work since President Obama released our first comprehensive Strategy in 2010.

Implementing the National HIV/AIDS Strategy through 2020 is a priority of the Obama Administration, and this roadmap identifies clear goals and ways to measure our progress in meeting them.  On December 1, World AIDS Day, we will release our Federal Action Plan, which will outline specific action items that Federal agencies will undertake in 2016 and through 2020 to successfully and effectively implement the Strategy.

Latino communities and individuals have a huge role to play, whether you are a person living with HIV who can outreach to your neighborhood, a Latino-serving HIV prevention and care provider, or a broader Latino rights and advocacy organization.

Please use the Strategy to guide your work and share responsibility in this effort, because we all have a role to play in improving outcomes in our community and reaching an AIDS-free generation. 

INFOGRAPHIC: NHAS What You Need to Know