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National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day Statement



Contact: Cub Barrett | 212-367-1561 |

Below is a statement from Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) CEO Kelsey Louie on National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day

On Sunday, October 15, 2017 Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) will recognize National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day by encouraging non-profit organizations and health departments to enhance their outreach to Latinx communities, promote HIV testing, and provide HIV prevention information and access to care. We know that Latinx individuals represent approximately 17 percent of the U.S. population, but account for an estimated 21 percent of people living with HIV and an estimated 24 percent of all persons with newly diagnosed infections. The HIV diagnosis rate among Latinx individuals is more than three times that among White/Caucasian individuals.

 In an effort to achieve New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s pledge to end the HIV and AIDS epidemic in New York State by 2020, GMHC encourages all sexually active HIV-negative individuals to routinely be tested for HIV, and to reliably use condoms, PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis), and PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) as prevention tools. We also encourage all people living with HIV to consult with their physicians and follow treatment regimens to keep their viral loads undetectable and as low as possible.  

GMHC stands with the Latinx community and all other communities impacted by HIV/AIDS to end this epidemic once and for all.




About Gay Men's Health Crisis: Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) is the world's first HIV/AIDS service organization. GMHC is on the front lines providing services to over 12,000 people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Programs include: testing, prevention, nutrition, legal, supportive housing, mental health and substance use services. GMHC also advocates for stronger public policies at the local, state and federal levels with the goal of ending AIDS as an epidemic. For more information, visit