Information from press release
Latinos Unite! Let’s Stay Healthy
In the United States, and specifically in San Antonio, Texas, the HIV/AIDS epidemic has adversely affected the Latino community. On Saturday, Oct. 15, a collaborative of 14 HIV/AIDS service organizations will be hosting the free National Latino AIDS Awareness Day Health Fair at Main Plaza (N. Main and E. Commerce St.) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
By holding a Health Fair, the San Antonio National Latino AIDS Awareness Day Committee stands united in the effort of educating our community on the importance of getting tested and knowing your status, and bringing awareness of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and its prevention. There will be appearances by local public officials and other guest speakers, informational booths, door prizes, free refreshments, music, free health screenings and free HIV rapid antibody testing.
Data as recent as 2009 indicates that the largest number of HIV/AIDS cases in the San Antonio area have consistently been among Latinos totaling 2,480 persons. Of those having HIV/AIDS in the San Antonio area, Latino women account for 57.4 percent of all women infected, and Latino men account for 45.6 percent of all men infected. Its impact continues to grow at disproportionate rates. The Latino community is now witnessing the devastating effects of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
As a response, National Latino AIDS Awareness Day was created in 2003, as a mobilizing vehicle to bring awareness, education and to help stem the tide of HIV/AIDS in our Latino communities. This year’s theme –Latinos Unite! Let’s Stay Healthy– speaks to the critical role HIV testing and prevention education plays due to the late testing realities faced by Latino communities.
The San Antonio National Latino AIDS Awareness Day Committee includes participants from B.E.A.T. AIDS, Bexar County Ryan White Program, Centro Med Santa Rosa Clinic, Center for Health Care Services, Hope Action Care, Mujeres Unidas Inc., San Antonio AIDS Foundation, San Antonio Cares, San Antonio Gender Association, San Antonio Area HIV Health Services Planning Council, San Antonio Metro Health Department, UHS- Family Planning, UHS-FFACTS Clinic, San Antonio Fighting Back, UNST, UTHSCSA South Texas Family AIDS Network, FATE, CSTP.