LULAC is pleased to announce the continuance of our partnership with the Let’s Stop HIV Together campaign, formerly known as Act Against AIDS, that aims to stop HIV stigma and promotes HIV testing, prevention, and awareness in our Latino community. On behalf of LULAC National and the Let’s Stop HIV Together Campaign, we invite you to apply for this amazing opportunity to help inform our community. Through the Stipend Request Form (SRF), LULAC will award 5 councils/organizations a fixed $1,500 stipend to host or augment a virtual HIV/AIDS awareness event that reinforces the importance of HIV/AIDS awareness, prevention, and care. In recognition of the high HIV diagnoses rates among Latino young adults, LULAC invites collegiate councils/organizations to apply for this funded opportunity and bring this campaign to their higher institutions.
Deadline to apply is February 28, 2021 by 11:59 PM (PST) Due to the ongoing pandemic, LULAC has tailored the events to be virtual. If council/organization would like to complete an in-person event, an action plan and training must be completed before executing.
Healthy Communities Program
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, “Although Hispanics/Latinos make up 18 percent of the U.S. population, they accounted for nearly 23 percent (252,400) of the estimated 1.1 million people with HIV in the United States in 2015. As in other racial and ethnic communities, the majority (nearly 60 percent) of Hispanics/Latinos now living with HIV are men who have sex with other men.”
Hispanics/Latinos are less likely to get tested for HIV because of different barriers and challenges that include fear, mistrust, stigma, discrimination and homophobia. In the United States, poverty, migration patterns, lower educational level, and language barriers may make it harder for some Hispanics/Latinos to get HIV testing and staying in care.
LULAC has partnered with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in the Partnering and Communicating Together (PACT) to continue efforts in increase the number Hispanics/Latinos who get tested for HIV and bringing awareness to prevention, care and free local resources. In the PACT program year 4, LULAC was able to aid in administering over 1,798 free HIV tests. LULAC has also helped spread awareness through social media campaigns, blog posts, radio ads, and programming at different local and national organizations to increase facilitation of HIV testing.
HIV Among Latinos
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