1 in 6 Hispanics/Latinos with HIV are unaware they have it.

Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County and the HIV/AIDS Prevention Committee of Ohio Region 9 recognize National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD), October 15, 2020.

National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD) (or El Dia Nacional de Concientizacion Latina del SIDA in Spanish) was created by the Latino Commission on AIDS and the Hispanic Federation in 2003. The main objective of this day, is to raise public awareness of the HIV epidemic in the Hispanic/ Latino communities in the USA.

HIV continues to be a serious threat to the health of Hispanic/Latino communities. According to the Ohio Department of Health, in 2019, there were 53 Hispanics/Latinos reported living with diagnosed HIV infection in Montgomery County, OH. Also, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in 6 Hispanics/Latinos with HIV are unaware they have it. People who do not know they have HIV cannot take advantage of HIV care and treatment and may unknowingly pass HIV to others.

Other issues that may put some Hispanics/Latinos at higher risk for HIV infection include:

  • Having higher rates of some sexually transmitted infections (STI) than other races/ethnicities. (Having another STI can increase a person’s chance of getting or transmitting HIV).
  • Poverty, migration patterns, lower educational level, and language barriers may make it harder to get HIV testing and care.
  • Not using HIV prevention services, get an HIV test, or get treatment if they have HIV due to fear of disclosing their immigration status.
  • Some experience high levels of mistrust of the health care system. (Lower levels of trust can reduce the likelihood of clinic visits and result in lower use of and adherence to antiretroviral medications).
  • Stigma, fear, discrimination, and homophobia may impact the lives of some Hispanics/Latinos.

 

The 2020 theme for NLAAD is “Living with HIV or not... we're in this together”. It focuses on the tools available to address HIV in our communities and the elimination of HIV-related stigma. However, reducing stigma begins with you! Get Educated and Get Tested!

 

        Find out if you are at risk for HIV and get tested. Below is a list of local HIV testing sites:

Testing Sites

Testing Hours

Clark County Combined Health District

Reproductive Health Clinic

529 East Home Road

Springfield, OH 45503

(937) 390-5600

Call for testing hours and information

Equitas Health

15 W. Fourth Street, Suite 200

Dayton, OH 45402

(937) 461-2437

Call for testing hours and information

Greene County Public Health

360 Wilson Drive

Xenia, OH 45385

(937) 374-5621

Call for testing hours and information

 

Miami County Public Health

Reproductive Health Clinic

510 W. Water Street

Troy, OH 45373

(937) 573-3520

Call for testing hours and information

 

Preble County Public Health

Reproductive Health Clinic

615 Hillcrest Drive

Eaton, OH 45320

(937) 472-0087

Call for testing hours and information

Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County

Public Health Clinic

117 S. Main Street

Dayton, OH 45422

(937) 225-4550

 

Public Health Outreach Office

201 Riverside Drive, Suite 1-C

Dayton, OH 45405

(937) 496-7133

 

Dr. Charles R, Drew Health Center

1323 W. Third Street, Room # 608

Dayton, OH 45402

(937) 225-4023

Call for testing hours and information

Resource:

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. HIV and Hispanics/Latinos, 2020. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/group/racialethnic/hispaniclatinos/index.html.  Accessed September 10, 2020.
  2. Ohio Department of Health. Montgomery County HIV Surveillance Diagnoses of HIV Infection Reported in Montgomery County, June 2020. Available at:

https://odh.ohio.gov/wps/wcm/connect/gov/e6f3f4e7-51e1-44fe-a509-896137884116/Montgomery2019.pdf?MOD=AJPERES&CONVERT_TO=url&CACHEID=ROOTWORKSPACE.Z18_M1HGGIK0N0JO00QO9DDDDM3000-e6f3f4e7-51e1-44fe-a509-896137884116-nfopD9j.  Accessed September 11, 2020.

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