October 15 is National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day.
The 2017 theme is "To Defeat HIV: You’re a superhero. Use your superpowers."
NLAAD was founded in 2003 as a joint effort of the Latino Commission on AIDS and Hispanic Federation in response to the devastating impact HIV/AIDS has on Hispanic/Latino communities across the country. It was established to draw attention to the critical role HIV testing and prevention education plays in stemming the spread of HIV/AIDS among Hispanics/Latinos. The day of October 15th was chosen to coincide with the last day of Hispanic Heritage Month.
Annually on October 15th, NLAAD mobilizes community based organizations, leaders of the Latino community, health departments, and elected officials to spread awareness within the Latino community about HIV&AIDS, and bring about improvements in HIV related health practices by building capacity, developing and disseminated resources, utilizing media channels, and casting the spotlight on Latino faces behind the epidemic.
July 22nd-27th is the 2018 22nd International AIDS Conference.
AIDS 2018 is expected to convene over 18,000 delegates from around the world including up to 1,000 journalists. It will be held at the Amsterdam RAI in the Netherlands. The International AIDS Society, the world's leading independent association of HIV professionals, is organizing AIDS 2018 in collaboration with international, regional and national partners. To find out more, visit aids2018.org.
Friday, December 1, 2017, is World AIDS Day
World AIDS Day takes place on December 1st of each year. It is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day.
There are two events being held in the Lehigh Valley in recognition of World AIDS Day:
A World AIDS Day Conference concentrating on the changing landscape of HIV care is being held in Bethlehem at the Mountaintop Campus of Lehigh University. Topics include adolescent and perinatal-acquired HIV prevention and care, family planning and HIV, and provider burn out. The conference is free but registration is required. Click here to register. For questions about registration, call 215-246-5212.
Additionally, on Thursday, November 30 at 6:00 p.m., Grace Episcopal Church,108 N. 5th Street, Allentown will host a showing of the 2016 documentary "Last Men Standing," which chronicles long-time survivors with HIV/AIDS, from the struggles in the beginning of the epidemic to how they are handling it now. A panel of the AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display and a reception will follow the film. Donation proceeds will go to the local organization F.A.C.T. (Fighting AIDS Continuously Together)