Hispanic/Latino Hiv & Aids Organizations Call For A Campaign To Honor The XIX Annual Conference

  • July 17, 2012
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Washington D.C. Tuesday, July 17, 2012. 
Today, a few days before the official opening of the XIX Annual International AIDS Conference, AID FOR AIDS International, La Clínica del Pueblo, the Washington, DC Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs and the Latino Commission on AIDS joined forces in a call for unity and solidarity amongst Hispanic/Latino HIV & AIDS organizations and service providers in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C. These three leading HIV/AIDS organizations are joining in a unified campaign, “United against AIDS/Unidos contra el SIDA” in honor of the global AIDS community gathering in Washington, DC from July 20th to the 27th.

“It is remarkable that the District of Columbia has been chosen to host the AIDS 2012 Conference.  The Latino community in the District is deeply impacted by HIV; this conference will help us develop a strategy that will mark the start of the end of HIV and AIDS. This is an opportunity to engage local leadership and stakeholders to provide quality services to the Latino community. United, we can work together to end the HIV & AIDS epidemic in the District,” said Roxana Olivas, Director of the Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs.

“In order to demonstrate our commitment to ending the HIV & AIDS epidemic, we are promoting HIV testing in the Latino community here in the D.C./Metro area. We ask that all HIV & AIDS organizations in the area show their solidarity with us in this campaign by actively promoting HIV testing information and services in Latino communities,” stated Alicia Wilson, Executive Director of La Clínica del Pueblo.

“We are honored to be part of this joint community effort on the eve of the XIX International AIDS Conference to promote solidarity, unity, and action for Hispanic/Latino communities impacted by the HIV/AIDS epidemic.  Now, more than ever, we must stand together to address the health needs of our communities in order to promote the best health outcomes,” stated Dr. Elena Rios, President of the Hispanic Medical Association.
“The prevention and access to care needs of Latinos/Hispanics in the United States are complex and diverse, and we need leadership to address these challenges. My hope is that the XIX International AIDS Conference will renew our commitment in formulating a robust global AIDS agenda committed to increasing access to care to those in need and zero tolerance to homophobia and discrimination,” stated Guillermo Chacón, President of the Latino Commission AIDS.

“We want to take advantage of this opportunity to work with many HIV & AIDS organizations and service providers that serve Latino communities from all over the country and to connect with organizations from different parts of Latin America and the Caribbean, who are here in the D.C. area for the XIX International AIDS Conference, to show a united front against the HIV and AIDS epidemic. Latinos in the United States face many different challenges on a daily basis, and Latin America and the Caribbean face their own set of challenges, but today we stand united together in the fight against AIDS,” concluded Jesus Aguais, Executive Director of AID FOR AIDS International.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 43% of Latinos develop AIDS within a year after learning their HIV status. This is why it is so important to promote HIV testing in our communities in order to address this challenge.

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