Latinas and latinos HIV Testing
Yesterday I had occasion to recall that testing for HIV among Latinos and Latinas is poor, even though HIV infection in our community is highly disproportionate to our number. Although we make up about 14% of the U.S. population, we account for nearly 20% of the 40,000 new HIV cases reported in the United States each year.
Young latinas and latinos are getting agressive in telling peers and communities that HIV is a real threat and that TESTING is a must. I met some young women in the Rio Grande Valley who teach about condoms, HIV and sex negotiation. And the National Catholic AIDS Network is trying to strengthen its outreach to Latinos. The hushed attitudes in our community about sex need to give way to openness.