4 Ways to Get Involved on National Latino HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

03 Oct 4 Ways to Get Involved on National Latino HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Founded in 2003, National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD) is a national community mobilization and social marketing campaign that unites the Hispanic/Latino community in efforts to raise HIV awareness, promotion of HIV testing, prevention, and education; in addition to other critical health issues such as viral hepatitis, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and tuberculosis (TB).

Each year 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. (via www.nlaad.org)

Here are 4 ways that you can get involved on National Latino HIV/AIDS Awareness Day:

Request the Test

Get Tested Coachella Valley, our Community Partners, and the Centers for Disease control recommend getting tested at least once in your lifetime if you are aged 15 through 64, regardless of risk. People who have occasional exposure to HIV risks should be tested at least once a year. People who are at high risk for HIV infection should get tested every 3 to 6 months. For more information on our free and convenient community test sites please visit www.gettestedcoachellavalley.org/get-tested.

Talk to your healthcare provider about PrEP

PrEP means Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, and it’s the use of anti-HIV medication that keeps HIV-negative people from becoming infected. PrEP is approved by the FDA and has been shown to be safe and effective. To schedule an appointment with a PrEP specialist, please visit www.thedockclinic.org or call 1-760-992-0492. You can also stop by The DOCK at 1695 N. Sunrise Way (at Vista Chino) in Palm Springs. No appointment is necessary and walk-ins are always welcome Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Get in care, stay in care

If you’re HIV positive, getting in care and staying in care is the key to a longer, healthier life. If you have questions about treatment options, visit www.desertaidsproject/care to schedule an appointment to learn how to become a client or patient. You can also reach our enrollment specialist by calling and leaving a message on the Enrollment Line at 760-323-2118 ext. 762. An enrollment specialist will contact you shortly after.

Join Get Tested Coachella Valley at Playoffs on National Latino HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Get Tested Coachella Valley, the Human Rights Commission of Desert Hot Springs, and Playoffs have partnered for a special Latin Night event in Desert Hot Springs. This event is sponsored by the Desert Hot Springs Mayor’s Committee on Human Rights.  Check out all the details by visiting National Latino HIV/ AIDS Awareness Day at Playoffs.

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