The Disproportionate Burden of HIV
HIV continues to be a serious threat to the health of Latinx communities. In 2016, Latinx accounted for 47% of new HIV diagnoses in Los Angeles County. Nationally, Latino gay and bisexual men aged 13 to 24 saw a 19% increase in new HIV diagnoses. Those numbers are startling. However, the CDC estimates that 1 in 6 Latinx individuals living with HIV are unaware they have it. People who do not know they have HIV cannot take advantage of HIV care and treatment and may unknowingly pass HIV to others.
We’re a Safe Space
Stigma, fear, discrimination, and homophobia may impact the lives of some Latinx youth and these pressures may put some at higher risk for HIV infection. APLA Health offers programs that provide a safe space for Latinx youth, not just to be themselves but also to receive HIV testing, PrEP/PEP, and sexual health education.
We need your support to broaden these programs and reduce the rate of new HIV diagnoses for Latinx. If you need extra fundraising tips, check out our AIDS Walk Fundraising Guide here.
We look forward to seeing you at AIDS Walk Los Angeles October 20 as we move to make AIDS history. AIDS has met its march.
Important Dates and Deadlines
October 15-18 – Early Sign In
October 20 – AIDS Walk Los Angeles – Raise $1,000 to be able to write your name directly on your Star Walker star on the day of the event.
November 15 – Fundraising deadline
Thank you for your support, and we’ll see you on October 20.