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Wake Up! Take Control! Take the Test! National Latino AIDS Awareness Day

BINGHAMTON, NY - Monday, October 15, 2007 is the fifth annual National Latino AIDS Awareness Day. This day was created to educate and raise awareness regarding the effects that AIDS has on the Latino community. The theme for this year is “Wake Up! Take Control! Take the Test!”

National Latino AIDS Awareness Day was created in 2003 by the Latino Commission on AIDS and the Hispanic Federation. This national awareness day is designed to represent a call to action, raise awareness of the threat of HIV/AIDS poses to the community, encourage prevention and testing efforts, and garner support from public officials and religious leaders. For more information about National Latino AIDS Awareness Day, log onto the web at www.nlaad.org.

The HIV/AIDS epidemic is a threat to the Hispanic/Latino community. Hispanics account for approximately 14% of the U.S. population, but comprised almost 19% of the U.S. AIDS diagnoses in 2005. In the Binghamton region, which includes Broome, Chenango and Tioga counties, Hispanics represent 1.6% of the population but account for 9% of AIDS cases as of December 2005.

The Broome County Health Department would like to encourage all persons to know their HIV status. Confidential and anonymous HIV testing is available at the Broome County Health Department. Call 607.778.2839 for more information about testing options and availability. Also, the Broome County Health Department is hosting a satellite broadcast “Current Challenges and Successes in HIV Prevention with Hispanics and Latinos” on November 15, 2007, from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. This broadcast will raise awareness and promote understanding of the issues affecting HIV/AIDS in Hispanic/Latino communities. Space is limited; therefore you must register to view this broadcast by calling the Broome County Health Department at 607.778.8886.

09/20/2007 - 3:51pm