Tuesday, September 21, 2004

National Latino AIDS Awareness Day

Visit the NLAAD site for more information.

The National Organizing Committee for National Latino AIDS Awareness Day 2004 (NLAAD 2004) invites non-profit organizations, persons with HIV/AIDS, governmental organizations, media outlets and businesses to join in the effort to develop awareness, promote prevention and build leadership around HIV/AIDS issues in Latino communities nationwide. This year's event will be held on October 15, the first day of National Hispanic Heritage Month. The theme for this year's event is Abre Los Ojos: El VIH No Tiene Fronteras (Open Your Eyes: HIV Has No Borders). The National Organizing Committee for NLAAD 2004 has set aside October 15, 2004 as the day in which they will renew their commitment to ending the spread of HIV/AIDS, and make the rest of the country "open their eyes" to the rapidness of this disease in Latino communities. NLAAD 2004 also will focus on confronting the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS, and ensuring a better quality of life for those with HIV-regardless of their Spanish speaking country of origin or immigration status.


The ways in which to participate in promoting awareness within the Latino HIV/AIDS communities on October 15 include:

  • Becoming part of the National Organizing Committee and help to shape the national profile of our efforts and participate in established committees. All meetings are conducted through conference calls;
  • Organizing an event in your locality for HIV/HCV testing, vaccine awareness, elected official participation, cultural expressions, health awareness, etc.;
  • Registering your event with NLAAD for inclusion on national calendar; and
  • Forming a local organizing committee to plan events in your city with sister agencies.

Participation starts with registration. Click here to complete a registration form online, or visit the NLAAD website for more information. For more information, contact the Latino AIDS Commission directly:

Latino Commission on AIDS
24 West, 25th Street, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10010
Telephone: (212) 675-3288
Fax: (212) 675-3466

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